Diplomatic Attache to Narn Ambassador Na’Toth
Na’Toth is a fictional character in the universe of the science fiction television series Babylon 5. Na’Toth is the aide to Narn Ambassador G’Kar, one of the main characters of the series. She appears mainly in the first and second seasons, with a final appearance in the fifth season.
She was played by Julie Caitlin Brown in the first season (a last-minute casting change after Susan Kellerman walked off the set). Due to problems with the extensive makeup and prosthetics required to turn her into a Narn, Brown did not reprise her role for the second season of the series; similar problems had caused the departure of Susan Kellerman and, earlier, of Mary Woronov as Ko’Dath, who was to have been a regular character. For the second season, Brown was replaced by Mary Kay Adams. Executive producer J. Michael Straczynski quickly became dissatisfied with Adams’ more understated approach to the role, and Na’Toth was written out of the series after appearing in two more episodes. Brown returned to reprise the role in the fifth-season episode “A Tragedy of Telepaths”.
In The Babylon Files, a Babylon 5 guidebook, series creator Straczynski said he had considered having G’Kar have a “revolving-door” series of aides, akin to Murphy Brown.
Na’Toth was the second aide to G’Kar, after his first aide Ko’Dath died in an airlock accident. When Na’Toth arrived, a member of the Narn assassins’ guild was attempting to kill G’Kar at the behest of an old rival. G’Kar was eventually kidnapped by the assassin. Na’Toth went to the assassin and claimed to be his backup. She was then able to disable the pain device that had been placed on G’Kar, allowing G’Kar to defeat the assassin, who left the station before the assassin guild had him killed.
Na’Toth went home to Narn at some point during the second season. She was on Narn when the Centauri used mass drivers to pluck asteroids out of orbit and bomb the Narn homeworld. Na’Toth was missing and presumed dead. In the fifth season, Na’Toth was found to be alive and imprisoned in the Centauri Royal Palace (“A Tragedy of Telepaths”). Londo Mollari and G’Kar smuggled her from the palace, and arranged for her to be sent back home to receive treatment for her injuries.
Na’Toth did not appear in any further Babylon 5 television episodes or movies. The short story True Seeker, published in the July 2000 issue 23 of the Official Babylon 5 Magazine, depicts Na’Toth as living on Narn in the winter of 2269 and enjoying a state of celebrity. The book Out of the Darkness by Peter David suggested that as of 2278 Na’Toth was still alive and living on Narn.