Vala Mal Doran

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Vala Mal Doran
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Portrayed by

Claudia Black, Michael Shanks

Vala Mal Doran is a female Human and a member of Stargate Command.


Early life

Jacek, her father, was not in her life for her first three years and would return occasionally with gifts for her and she was excited each time. (SG1: "Family Ties") Jacek remarried at some point to a woman named Adria who Vala misliked. (SG1: "Flesh and Blood") She was taken as a host by the Goa'uld Qetesh. When the Tok'ra incited a rebellion on one of Qetesh's worlds, they were captured and tortured. The Tok'ra later removed Qetesh from Vala. (SG1: "Prometheus Unbound", "The Powers That Be") she went to P8X-412, one of Qetesh's worlds, and posed as the Goa'uld where she had the people mine her some Naquadah and gathered some treasures. (SG1: "The Powers That Be")


In 2005 she had obtained Kull armor and attempted to take control of an Al'kesh in order to sell it to Tenat and Jup. The Al'kesh was damaged so she set a distress call to attract another ship. The Prometheus arrived and she zatted crew members and began sending them to the Al'kesh. She took the Prometheus and was soon attacked by Daniel Jackson who she stunned and captured. She revealed herself to Jackson and wanted him to unlock the ship so she could use the communications and hyperdrive. Jackson escaped and the two fought but she was stunned and captured. She told Jackson that she needed the ship to evacuate her people but later relented and told the truth. When the ship came under attack from Goa'uld forces, Jackson set her free and she helped man the ship. The Al'kesh with the Prometheus crew arrived to help rescue them. She was imprisoned but managed to escape and get to the Al'kesh and fled. (SG1: "Prometheus Unbound") She stole a tablet written in Ancient concerning a treasure on Earth. (SG1: "Avalon, Part 2") She seduced Arlos and stole a pair of Kor mak bracelets and his mother's necklace. She traded the necklace to Inago for an obsolete power coil that she gave to the Pilgrims of Grannus and stole the Livanna crystal from them and also stole a Tel'tak from Caius which ended up in the hands of Tenat and Jup. (SG1: "The Ties That Bind")


She contacted the SGC about finding the treasure and they allowed her through. She placed a Kor mak on Jackson and one on herself, linking them together so she would get a share of the treasure. Major General Hank Landry came to see her wanting to know what her plan was but she collapsed, having been separated from Jackson for a period of time. With no choice but to take her along, they located an underground cavern and she and Jackson entered one of the test rooms. She opened both pots before them, activating the ceiling which began to lower. (SG1: "Avalon, Part 1") Jackson managed to figure out the puzzle but before she left, she took a gold coin and hid it on herself. After Cameron Mitchell defeated a holographic Knight, the others left and the cavern began to collapse and Vala had to reveal she took the coin. Once returned the true treasure appeared. (SG1: "Avalon, Part 2")

Believing that information on the Ancients was more valuable than the treasure and not wanting to be separate from Jackson again as it could kill her, she joined Jackson in using an Ancient Long-range communication device. She inhabited the body of Sallis, a woman in another galaxy where she and Jackson learned of the Ori and met with a member of the Anti-Ori underground. While pretending to be Sallis she was discovered and after telling people who she was she was accused of being overcome and burned to death. A Prior arrived and revived her, taking her and Jackson with him. (SG1: "Avalon, Part 2") They were taken to the City of the Gods where Jackson met one of the Ori and learned they were ascended beings who wanted to be worshipped. They were returned to the village where the inadvertently led the Prior to the underground. They were set to both be burned to death but luckily the communication device was destroyed and they returned to their bodies. (SG1: "Origin")

She and Jackson remained connected after the bracelets were removed so they went to see Arlos, who Vala had stolen the bracelets from. He offered to help in exchange for returning the necklace she had stolen. She took Mitchell and Jackson to see Inago for the necklace and had to go get the power coil. Caius wouldn't give the coil back until he got his ship back. Vala went with Jackson to Washington, D.C. to a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee where she accused Senator Fisher of having an insufficient manhood. A plan was set to get Caius' ship back by using Vala as bait and it succeeded with the other trades made and Arlos told them that the effects should wear off soon. (SG1: "The Ties That Bind")

Vala wanted to help stop the Ori and offered to introduce them to the people on P8X-412 but she instead posed as Qetesh to collect her treasures. Jackson convinced her to come clean as a way to convince them not to trust the Ori but she was instead imprisoned and set to be executed. A trial was held and it was decided she would be imprisoned for the rest of her life. When a Prior plague began to spread, Vala used a Goa'uld Healing device to cure a man and as others fell ill as well she healed them too. Eventually it stopped working and Vala angrily confronted the Prior responsible, firing on him to no effect. The Prior cured the people after they chose to follow Origin. (SG1: "The Powers That Be")

When the Goa'uld Nerus wanted to come to Earth to discuss an Ori beachhead, Vala warned Landry not to trust him and later said he would regret allowing Nerus to come. The Ori plan began with collapsing Kallana into a black hole and a Supergate was being formed. Vala came up with an idea to use a nearby Tel'tak to disrupt the energy chain in the Supergate by taking the place of the last piece but no one would listen to her so she went and boarded the ship herself. She took the final place and the energy was disrupted. She attempted to escape using a Ring Transporter but its matter stream was pulled through to the Ori galaxy. (SG1: "Beachhead")


Vala was found by a man named Tomin who believed that she had been sent to him by the Ori. As she recovered in the village of Ver Isca she wanted to seek out the Anti-Ori underground for help. She soon discovered that she was pregnant despite not having engaged in sex and grew fearful of how the villagers would punish her for being pregnant out of wedlock, so she agreed to marry Tomin and hoped that it was close enough that no one would suspect that the baby wasn't his. She became friends with Denya, the village "harlot", trying to find out if the underground existed in the village. Seevis, the village adminsitrator, arrested her and had her chained to the Ara, demanding to know who else was a sinner like her but she didn't say anything. She saw Tomin on occasion but he did nothing to help her and part of her hoped that the baby would die from her exposure. After three days Tomin unchained her and took her inside. She overheard a Prior telling Tomin that Vala's child was not his but was the will of the Ori instead. As Tomin left for the day, Vala followed and saw several Ori Warships being constructed before being confronted by Seevis and Denya who revealed themselves to be part of the underground. (SG1: "Crusade")

They showed Vala the Ancient Long-range communication device they had recovered but didn't want her to use it until after the plan to destroy the warships went through. Vala tried to convince Tomin to stay home on the day, not wanting him to be killed when the ships were destroyed but he refused. When the ships were not destroyed, Vala used the communication device and inhabited Jackson's body and relayed all that had happened to SG-1 and Landry. As she was finishing up her story, Tomin arrived and destroyed the communication device, returning Vala to her body and he killed Seevis and Denya. Vala lied and said that they had forced her to use the device and told him that she had overheard what the Prior had told him and was scared about what it meant. She convinced him that she was with him and when he said that he was leaving for war, she said that she was going with him. (SG1: "Crusade")

Shortly after boarding a warship and arriving in the Milky Way, Vala went into labor and gave birth to a girl who was immediately taken away and the Prior revealed that the child was the Orici, the leader of the Ori armies. When the child was brought back she was at least 4 years old and used her Healing ability to heal the injuries Vala sustained during childbirth. As she continued to age fast, she revealed that she was an Ori in human form and wanted Vala to name her, which Vala gave her the name Adria. Adria said she knew that Vala did not believe in the Ori but would work to change that. Jackson made his way aboard and Vala filled him in on what had happened and after the ship landed on and invaded Chulak, Vala wanted to kidnap Adria to try to turn her to their side. Tomin saw them and brought Jackson to Adria who ordered him to kill Jackson. Vala stepped in front and was shot instead and while Adria was busy healing her, she and Tomin were stunned by Jackson. The Prior arrived and when Jackson was beamed away he grabbed Vala to bring her along. (SG1: "Flesh and Blood")

Stargate Command

Jackson asked that Vala be allowed to join the SGC, Landry had a psychological assessment set up for her and she attempted to study for it; she gave prepared answers for an ink blot test. She was approached by Richard Woolsey who told her that he could ensure that she passed if she agreed to let him know of things that happened on the base. During a test with a Polygraph, she was annoyed that it showed that she was lying when she complemented Dr. Hutchisons appearance. She later went on a rant to Hutchison about how she only did the things she did in her past because of her history with being a host and having her people turn against her afterwards. She packed up her things to leave and demanded the Stargate be opened only to be told that she had passed the tests. She went to inform Landry of what Woolsey had asked her and he revealed that Woolsey was part of the test, to which she lied to Landry and asked if Woolsey's sexual advances were part of it. (SG1: "Morpheus")

She joined SG-1 in their mission to Atlantis and went with Jackson as he searched for information on Castiana and Sahal. She got annoyed at Jackson not just asking the hologram where they planets were and was satisfied when they got the information they wanted. Jackson realized they were not talking to a holographic interface but to Morgan Le Fay, an ascended being. She was unable to give them anymore information and when she tried she was taken away by the Others. (SG1: "The Pegasus Project") When Ba'al arrived on Earth wanting help to stop his clones in exchange for telling them where Merlin's weapon was located, SG teams captured many of the clones. Vala attempted to get information from one of them but failed. (SG1: "Insiders")

She joined Teal'c and SG-3 on P9J-333 to hunt down a creature that was attacking people. She later helped heal the members of SG-25 using a Goa'uld Healing device. It was discovered that the Sodan Cloaking devices were releasing interdimensional creature and that one had been released on Earth. Hunting for the creature, Vala said that no matter how aggressive it was a lone creature wouldn't attack a group of their size. Once they took it down another creature was found and taken down and Vala said it now made sense why the first one attacked, it wasn't alone. (SG1: "Uninvited") SG-1 was called on to help Martin Lloyd with the Wormhole X-Treme! movie script and Vala joined in. She pitched an idea that was a rip off of The Wizard of Oz which Lloyd recognized and then she presented a story based on Farscape that Lloyd had no idea about. She later joined SG-1, Landry and O'Neill to go to P2C-106 to take part in a celebration for Mitchell's 200th trip through the Stargate. {Cite|SG1|200}} Vala went with SG-1 to a planet where she saw Adria. They were beamed off the planet before a wave of energy wiped out everyone on the planet. Vala was upset at the loss of her daughter but told Jackson she also felt some relief. Boarding the Ori Warship on the planet, Vala found that Adria had survived and she was joyed to see her mother again. She tried to get Adria to come with her but Adria refused. (SG1: "Counterstrike")

Jackson took Vala out to dinner to thank her for not falling back on her old ways and when she went to the bathroom she was kidnapped by The Trust. She met Athena who wanted to know the location of the Clava Thessara Infinitas that Qetesh had discovered. During her interrogation, her memories were blocked when the memory device was hit by a zat. With no memory who she was she ended up working in Sol's Diner but when two thieves came in to rob the place she took them down. Not telling the police who she was, her photo was distributed and she was taken by some people posing as the Air Force. She escaped but was stopped by Mitchell who she kidnapped but didn't believe what he was saying about her. She ran off again but was found by SG-1 and Jackson convinced her to trust him. She regained her memories and was officially made a member of SG-1. (SG1: "Memento Mori") After the Odyssey was captured by the Lucian Alliance, Vala went with Jackson to track down the data recorder transponder and they were also captured. Vala and Jackson escaped and Vala worked to bring the beaming technology online but unable to determine where the person would be beamed, she instead beamed out the Alliance commander Anateo instead of Carter, and he ended up outside the ship. She worked with Carter on fixing the hyperdrive. (SG1: "Company of Thieves")

Vala had a dream about how the three addresses from Castiana, Sahal and Vagonbrei could be mixed to find the location where Ganos Lal hid the Sangraal. SG-1 went in search of it and soon learned that their guide was Adria in disguise. After passing the tests they came face-to-face with a Dragon. (SG1: "The Quest, Part 1") Jackson realized that the Guardian was not the Dragon but Ganos Lal so Adria tried to defeat the dragon by calling it "Morgan Le Fay", luckily Jackson called out Ganos Lal and saved her. They were transported to another planet and met Merlin who was still alive and in stasis. Merlin began work on a new Sangraal but soon died after uploading his memories. Jackson took the memories into his own mind and began working on the Sangraal. Vala was concerned as the memories could overload his mind and kill him. Mitchell reminded her that she almost sacrificed her own life destroying the first Supergate and being part of a team meant having to watch others sacrifice themselves. Adria and her soldiers arrived and Jackson held them off as the others escaped. (SG1: "The Quest, Part 2")


SG-1 went to test using the Mantle of Arthur on a village on P9C-882 but they were attacked by Ori forces and Tomin arrived and took Vala up to the ship. He told her that his punishment for her betrayal was to work on converting her. After Vala questioned how Tomin had changed so much and how many people he had killed, he struck her. He later apologized for hitting her. He came to her some time later and took her to the Ring room, saying he was letting her go as he had witnessed the Prior twisting the Book of Origin to justify mass murder. Vala asked him to come with her but he did not. She returned to the village to find a smoking crater before the village appeared before her, having been hidden in time. (SG1: "Line in the Sand")

When Carter disappeared testing out the Mantle, Vala, Mitchell and Teal'c took turns speaking to an empty room, unaware she had been sent to an Alternate Reality. (SG1: "The Road Not Taken") When Jackson was found to have been converted into a Prior, he was captured and revealed it was part of his plan to complete the Sangraal and send it through the Supergate to destroy the Ori. Vala spoke to him but didn't believe that he was on their side. He provided them with information to complete his plan and Vala assembled the Sangraal. When she armed it she looked around to see if any ascended beings were coming to take it. Adria came aboard but Jackson arrived and knocked her out. Jackson sent the ship through the Supergate before converting back into a human. (SG1: "The Shroud")

After destroying a Lucian Alliance Kassa shipment, SG-1 had bounties put on them. Vala asked Mitchell if she could come to his high school reunion as she had nothing else to do. When Mitchell's parents assumed that she and Mitchell were together, she didn't correct them but instead mentioned them having sex a lot. She met Darrell, Mitchell's old friend and he took her shooting for fun. At the reunion Darrell tried to kiss her and she stopped him, telling him that she was married. Returning to the reunion, she saw the Bounty hunter Odai Ventrell there and had Darrell distract him. He had a personal shield so her attack failed. The rest of SG-1 arrived and captured the bounty hunter. (SG1: "Bounty") When SG-1 were mistaken for "rebels" offworld and forced to take hostages as there was no DHD and they couldn't escape, Vala noticed a Goa'uld Ark bomb and realized they could use it to power the Stargate. She activated the bomb to force a night guard to open the display case but couldn't disarm it. She and Mitchell connected it to the Stargate and activating it, drained the bombs power. (SG1: "Bad Guys")

When a Jaffa summit was bombed, Teal'c left the SGC to go after the Jaffa responsible, Arkad. SG-1 were later sent to stop him as his actions could be seen as those of the SGC and start an attack. (SG1: "Talion") Jacek contacted the SGC offering information on Arkad's planned attack on Earth in exchange for sanctuary and Vala said that they shouldn't accept his offer. Once his info proved real, he came to Earth and for three weeks kept trying to contact Vala. On Earth he ran a number of scams which to Vala proved that he hadn't changed at all. She was convinced to go and see him and they found that he was in contact with some of Arkad's Jaffa and was trying to sell the Naquadah they had for the attack. Jacek agreed to help them find the Naquadah to be allowed to stay but Vala knew he was lying. A fake cargo ship was set down so when they made contact with the Jaffa, Jacek took that one instead. Vala was disappointed at her father's actions once again. (SG1: "Family Ties")

She came up with a plan to capture Adria by implanting fake memories of the SGC thinking she was compromised so she escaped and was found by Adria. After Adria was taken by Ba'al, Jackson and Carter explained to Vala what had happened and showed her a video she had made for herself. After capturing Adria again, she was revealed to have been implanted with a Ba'al clone. During the surgery to remove it, she told Jackson that she was ok and that Adria wasn't really her daughter. Ba'al was removed by released a toxin that began to kill Adria. She awoke and sealed herself with Vala as she prepared to ascend. (SG1: "Dominion") SG-1 went to Orilla where the Asgard gave them all their technology and knowledge as they were dying and were going to all die together. Chased by Ori Warships that were tracking the new Asgard Computer core, they evacuated the crew of the Odyssey and worked to disable the core. Teal'c had a Control crystal that quickly accomplished this and he revealed that they had been trapped in a Time dilation field for 50 years until a plan to save them was devised and he travelled back in time. (SG1: "Unending")

Ark of Truth

SG-1 began searching for the Ark of Truth on Dakara but were captured by Ori forced led by Tomin. When they surrendered, Vala was concerned that she didn't look good. When a Prior arrived and told Tomin to kill them, he said he had promised they would live if they surrendered. Vala told Tomin that he didn't have to do what the Prior said and Mitchell wrestled away a weapon and killed the Prior, causing Tomin to stand down his forces. Back at the SGC, she and Jackson told Tomin about the Ark and he revealed they may be looking for Ortus Mallum. They headed to the Ori galaxy and went to a planet to make contact with the Anti-Ori underground and Tomin introduced Vala as his wife, which he reminded her was true as they were still married. Having to go to Celestis, they managed to locate the Ark but were attacked by Ori forces and captured. They were interrogated by Priors and soon Vala was brought to a room where Adria appeared. When Adria left suddenly, Vala noticed that some of the symbols on the Ark had lit up for a moment. She went to find Tomin and soon ran into Jackson and Teal'c. They returned to the Ark but the Doci and Adria arrived. Vala distracted Adria, telling her that she would never be on her side so she should just kill her. Jackson activated the Ark, which spread from the Doci to the other Priors. Ganos Lal arrived and engaged Adria in eternal combat. Back on Earth, Vala told Tomin that he would be a good leader for his people but she had to remain where she was as it was where she belonged. (Stargate: The Ark of Truth)


After the final Ba'al clone is captured, SG-1 and Jack O'Neill are invited to the Tok'ra homeworld for the extraction ceremony. After the symbiote is removed, Vala tells Jackson that she is going to stay behind to help the host through the process. (Stargate: Continuum)


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