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"I'm TC-14, at your service. This way please."
―TC-14 greets the Jedi[src]

TC-14 was a feminine TC-series protocol droid manufactured by Cybot Galactica that served aboard the stationed aboard the Trade Federation flagship, Saak'ak. Due to the nature of her job, her memory banks were wiped regularly to prevent her from developing a personality or conscience.[2] She greeted the Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi when they boarded the vessel and then informed her masters that she believed their guests to be Jedi.

BiographyEdit

Greeting the JediEdit

"What? What did you say?"
"The ambassadors are Jedi Knights, I believe."
―Nute Gunray and TC-14[src]
TC-14 distraction

TC-14 was sent to distract the Jedi.

Manufactured by Cybot Galactica,[1] TC-14 was a TC-series protocol droid with feminine programming who served the Trade Federation. In 32 BBY, she was stationed on board the Federation's flagship, Saak'ak, when the Federation blockaded the planet Naboo over a trade dispute under the orders of the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. The Galactic Republic sent the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi to negotiate an end to the blockade, and after the Republic's cruiser landed in one of the Saak'ak's hangars, it was TC-14 who greeted the two Jedi at the hangar's entrance. She then led them to one of the flagship's conference rooms, where she left them and reported back to the bridge.[3]

On the bridge, she informed Viceroy Nute Gunray and Captain Daultay Dofine that the ambassadors were Jedi, which horrified the pair. Gunray ordered Dofine to distract the Jedi while he contacted Sidious, but the captain refused and ordered TC-14 to keep the ambassadors occupied instead.[3]

Disposable distractionEdit

"Distract them, I will contact Lord Sidious."
"Are you brain dead? I'm not going in there with two Jedi. Send the droid."
―Nute Gunray and Daultay Dofine send TC-14 to distract the Jedi[src]
TC-14 and battle droids

TC-14 was spared by the Jedi.

TC-14 returned to the conference room with a tray of drinks for the two Jedi, who were growing restless. After they had both taken a cup from the tray, the pair leapt up and drew their lightsabers, having sensed the destruction of their cruiser in the hangar. TC-14 dropped the tray of drinks in shock and apologized as poisonous dioxis gas began pouring into the room through the vents.[3]

After some time, Gunray—who had ordered the death of the Jedi after hearing from Sidious—sent a squad of battle droids to check if the pair had perished. They opened the door to the conference room, which had been sealed, and readied their blasters, but only TC-14 emerged, carrying the tray. The protocol droid quickly moved out of the battle droids' way, after which the two Jedi emerged from the gas and quickly struck down the squad of battle droids. The Jedi ultimately managed to escape from the cruiser and Federation.[3]

DescriptionEdit

"Uh, sorry!"
―TC-14 apologizes as the Jedi sense danger[src]

TC-14 had silver plating, yellow photoreceptors[3] and stood 1.67 meters tall.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

"What's quite nice is it isn't very robotic. It has, if I may say so, a very charming quality to it."
―Lindsay Duncan, on TC-14's voice[src]
TC14 parts

TC-14's costume was made from the same template as C-3PO.

TC-14 was physically portrayed by John Fensom and voiced by Lindsay Duncan in the 1999 film prequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.[3] Duncan was offered the role by Robin Gurland after auditioning for the role of Shmi Skywalker. She was sent an artist's rendition of the character and then recorded her dialogue over a fairly short amount of time in a London recording studio. Director George Lucas and Gurland were present for the recording and played a rough cut of the film for Duncan. She claims that the film is the only work she has ever done that impressed her young son.[6] TC-14 was built from the same costume template as C-3PO.[7]

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