Vala Mal Doran is a thief, a con artist, and former Goa'uld host.
Originally something of a hindrance at times, she later became a help and a small asset to Stargate Command while regularly interacting with members of the SGC's flagship team, SG-1 including Dr. Daniel Jackson.
She ultimately proved herself to be courageous when during the Battle of Kallana in August 2005, she knowingly risked her life to destroy a Supergate before disappearing altogether.
Eight months later, in March 2006, Vala returned albeit inhabiting Daniel's body to warn the SGC that the Ori were coming before she vanished yet again.
Thanks to Daniel's efforts, Vala was later rescued and brought back to the SGC where, after passing a psych evaluation which occurred during the same month, she became a probationary member of SG-1 which gave her the privilege to go off-world and also embark on missions with SG-1. Three months later, in September 2006, Vala's probationary period ended, resulting in her finally becoming a fully-fledged and permanent member of SG-1 as well as the SGC.
As such, Vala continues to be a member of SG-1 to this day.
Much of Vala's early life is unknown. She was raised by her mother for sometime as well as her father Jacek and her stepmother, Adria. During her childhood, she was sold as a domestic servant to a weapons smuggler named Fierenze until she killed him. At some point, she was taken as a host to the Goa'uld Qetesh, who was a rival to Ba'al. In 2001, Vala was freed when a Tok'ra incited a rebellion against the planet's ruling Goa'uld. The people rose up, captured Qetesh alive, tortured and beat her for days on end, not realizing it was the symbiote that had ruled them so harshly. Taking pity on her, the Tok'ra rescued her, removed the Goa'uld symbiote and nursed Vala back to health. (SG1: "Prometheus Unbound", "The Powers That Be", "Flesh and Blood", "Bounty", "Family Ties")
Upon first meeting, Vala Mal Doran hijacked the Prometheus, which was traveling to Atlantis, wearing Kull armor. She shot the crew with a Zat'nik'tel and ringed them onto an unoccupied Al'kesh, but kept Dr. Daniel Jackson as her prisoner because he was "very attractive" and she needed him to tell her the ship's codes. Daniel insisted that he didn't know the codes to the ship, but Vala tried to get him to tell them to her, first by shooting him with a Kull weapon, then by attempting to seduce him, and then by trying to win his sympathies by claiming she needed the ship to save the lives of her people, who were refugees. After shooting him Vala healed Daniel's wound with Goa'uld technology, which led Daniel to assume that Vala was a Goa'uld. She replied that she was a former host, and that this permitted her to not only use the Goa'uld technology, but also to understand the systems of the "primitive" Prometheus. Eventually, Daniel was able to fight back and regain control of the ship, throwing Vala in the brig. He discovered that Vala was not helping refugees, but was taking the ship to sell it to Jup and Tenat for a large quantity of Naquadah. During negotiations they were attacked by a group of Al'kesh and Death Gliders belonging to Ba'al, and Daniel realized that he needed Vala's help to overcome the assault, so they worked together. At this point, the Al'kesh being commanded by Lt. General George S. Hammond and the crew of the Prometheus caught up to them and destroys the enemy Al'kesh. Vala was thrown back into the brig, and the crew started bringing the Prometheus back to Earth, abandoning their original mission as the ship was in need of repairs. Vala escaped and ringed to the Al'kesh, then fled to hyperspace. (SG1: "Prometheus Unbound")
Motivated by her insatiable appetite for ill-gotten gain, and quite possibly also for want of an excuse to be near Dr. Daniel Jackson, Vala came to Earth bearing a stolen tablet that only Daniel could decipher. She was convinced that the tablet held the secret to an incredible buried treasure, while Daniel was convinced that some way, somehow, she was going to make his life miserable. At Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell's request, however, Daniel consented to a meeting with her. Unfortunately, the tablet wasn't the only artifact Vala had stolen. She had also brought along some insurance — two ancient kor mak bracelets which Teal'c later explains were once used to bind prisoners to their guards, thus preventing escape. Before Daniel has a chance to argue, Vala clamps one of the bracelets onto his wrist and the other to her own, thus preventing Daniel from going on his much-desired trip on the Daedalus to Atlantis.
After Dr. Bill Lee tries and fails to remove the shackles, a resigned Daniel complies with Vala's demand and cracks the tablet's code. His translation leads the pair, along with Mitchell and Teal'c, into a deep Ancient cavern in Glastonbury, England. With the treasure just out of reach, they find themselves trapped. They figure out the puzzle and find an Ancient Long-range communication device that supposedly can help them communicate with other people. However, Vala and Daniel Jackson's minds were transported to the bodies of Harrid and Sallis, a married couple in another galaxy.
There they learn about an oppressive religion called Origin. They discover that Harrid and Sallis were part of the anti-Ori underground and meet Fannis, one of their friends who was also part of this organization, and he tells them they have a communicator device identical to the one they used in the Milky Way, which Harrid and Sallis had connected to. Not long after, they are revealed as impostors. Vala (in Sallis's body) is killed by The Administrator, and then is brought back to life by a Prior. Daniel and Vala are then both taken to the Ori City of Celestis. Daniel is taken to see the Doci, but he and Vala still reject what the followers of Origin are telling them, and are both sentenced to death by fire. Since Daniel and Vala's actual bodies in the Milky Way are responding to what is happening to Harrid and Sallis in the Ori galaxy, Stargate Command becomes quite concerned. At the last instant before Daniel and Vala would have been killed, Teal'c and Mitchell take the communication device and throw it into the unstable vortex of an activating Stargate, annihilating it and bringing Daniel and Vala's consciousnesses back to their own bodies just before Harrid and Sallis are burned to death. (SG1: "Avalon, Part 1", "Avalon, Part 2", "Origin")
As Vala prepared to leave Stargate Command, she was searched by Dr. Daniel Jackson, who discovered a priceless artifact in her possession. After they had been gone for about a half an hour, Daniel passed out and Vala returned to Earth. Dr. Bill Lee theorized that the Kor mak bracelets and the Long-range communication device may have had an effect on each other. Lee suggested going to see the man she stole the bracelets from, Arlos Kadawam. He was willing to help but not until he received the necklace that Vala stole. They went to see Inago to get the necklace back but he wanted his power coil back. They then traveled to see Caius to get the power coil but he demanded his Tel'tak in exchange. Unfortunately, the ship was in the hands of the Lucian Alliance, and Daniel was needed to testify in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
At the hearing, she accused Senator Fisher of "having a small manhood" and Major General Henry Landry ordered SG-1 to go after the cargo ship to get her off his base. They devised a plan that required Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell and Teal'c to pose as Bounty hunters. They handed over Vala and Daniel to Jup and Tenat, and then double crossed them and stole the cargo ship back. Once in orbit, they were surrounded by Lucian Alliance ships, but Vala used the ship's Phantom vessel generator to confuse the ships and the Pulse wave generator to disable the ships that were chasing them and enter hyperspace. They returned the ship and got the power coil and the necklace. However, once they gave it to Arlos, he wasn't able to do anything to help saying the effect should wear off on its own. (SG1: "The Ties That Bind")
Vala's earlier statement that she was host to a Goa'uld is proven to be true when she and the others on SG-1 travel to P8X-412 where she used to rule. She was not Qetesh's host at the time, though she went to the world shortly after the Tok'ra removed Qetesh. She then impersonated her and convinced the people of the outpost that she was a god, and ruled over the people there, who gave her many treasures. She initially came to the planet with the intent of taking her treasures and leaving, but SG-1 (and Dr. Daniel Jackson in particular) managed to convince her to attempt to help the people by admitting to them that she was not their "god" Qetesh, that in fact Qetesh was a false god, and by using her influence over them to convince them that the Ori are also false gods. When the Prior released a plague, she used the Goa'uld healing device to try and cure it but the population kept getting reinfected. In the end, the desperate and dying people embraced the Ori and were cured, although they did allow Vala to go free. (SG1: "The Powers That Be")
When the minor Goa'uld Nerus contacted Stargate Command, Vala warned Major General Henry Landry that allowing Nerus to come to Earth would be a mistake, but Landry allowed it anyway. Nerus explained that the Ori have activated a forcefield around the Stargate on the planet Kallana, in order to invade the Milky Way. Vala then traveled with SG-1 to Kallana on the Prometheus where they beamed down to the planet. However, SG-1 was unable to get the Prior to stop, so they detonated a Mark IX Nuclear warhead instead, which caused the forcefield to expand around the entire planet. After the planet collapsed and the Supergate began to form, Vala made a heroic and successful effort to prevent the Ori from establishing a foothold in this galaxy. She flew a Tel'tak into a gap in the unfinished Supergate and thereby interfered with the Supergate's formation. The formation of the singularity thus destroyed the Supergate, but Vala was then presumed dead. Although she had attempted to ring back off of the Tel'tak before it was destroyed, she did not make it back onto the Prometheus.
After analyzing what happened, Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter came to the conclusion that Vala did in fact make it to the rings, but that her matter stream may have been sucked into the Alteran Home Galaxy. (SG1: "Beachhead")
Vala was found and nursed back to health by Tomin, who believed that the Ori had sent her to him. While recovering, she discovered that she was impregnated by the Ori, so she married Tomin to prevent herself from being burned alive for becoming pregnant out of wedlock. She later made some controversial comments to Denya, a friend of hers, leading Denya to suspect she didn't believe in the Ori. Denya, who was also a heretic, told Seevis, the Administrator of Ver Isca and leader of the Anti-Ori underground. She was chained to the Ara for three whole days without food and water, but Tomin cut her free. After revealing themselves, Denya and Seevis told her about their plan to sabotage the Ori warships being constructed, and allowed her access to the Ancient Long-range communication device, and through this she inhabited Dr. Daniel Jackson's body, allowing her to warn Stargate Command about the Ori fleet. Just as she was about to tell them what she knew about how the ships worked, Tomin destroyed the device and killed Seevis and Denya. She lied to him and convinced him that Seevis and Denya had kidnapped her and forced her to use the device. (SG1: "Crusade")
Vala accompanied Tomin with the Ori fleet through the Supergate to the Milky Way Galaxy, and gave birth to the Orici, whom she named Adria after her stepmother. Adria grew to adolescence in a few short hours and tried to convince her that the Ori were gods and do ascend their followers. After returning to her quarters on the Ori warship, Dr. Daniel Jackson was waiting for her after having used the transportation rings to ring from the Korolev to the Ori ship. They came up with a plan to capture Adria but were stopped by Tomin. Adria ordered Tomin to kill Daniel but she walked in front of the Ori staff weapon blast and was shot in the stomach. Adria started to heal her and Daniel shot Adria and Tomin with an Ori stun weapon. A Prior entered the room, intending to kill them. Vala wanted to stay put but the Odyssey was able to beam both Daniel and Vala aboard due to the fact that Daniel after realizing he was being beamed on board managed to grab Vala. (SG1: "Camelot", "Flesh and Blood")
After returning to Stargate Command, she assisted Dr. Daniel Jackson in his search for the Sangraal by acting as her research assistant. When Daniel found the Stargate address to Vagonbrei, Daniel attempted to convince Major General Henry Landry to allow her to join SG-1. Landry agreed but she had to pass a Psychiatric evaluation with Dr. Hutchinson. She passed the test as well as declined a fake offer made by Richard Woolsey to spy on the SGC for the International Oversight Advisory. She was later made a probationary member of the SGC. (SG1: "Morpheus")
A clue to find the Sangraal led the team to Atlantis, where she along with Dr. Daniel Jackson and Dr. Elizabeth Weir searched the Atlantis database in the Holo room. After the hologram told them the Stargate address for Castiana and Sahal, Daniel realized that the hologram was in fact Morgan Le Fay. When Weir returned to the Holo room, she didn't believe that the hologram was actually Morgan Le Fay until Chuck informed her that the room was not using power. She, Daniel and Weir questioned her and she was about to tell them the location of the Sangraal but the Others stopped her.(SG1: "The Pegasus Project")
When Ba'al arrived on Earth via Al'kesh, he offered to help find the Sangraal in exchange that SG-1 kill his clones, who had apparently turned against him. SG-1 decided to capture them for information instead. After a brainwashed Agent Malcolm Barrett freed one of the Ba'als, who held everyone on Levels 15 to 17, Vala led a team to free the hostages while Dr. Bill Lee planned to use canisters of symbiote poison, though most of the Ba'als escaped with all the Stargate address they have to find the Sangraal to defeat not only the Ori, but the Ancients as well. (SG1: "Insiders")
When the people of P9J-333 were being killed by a Mutated Creature, she and Teal'c were sent with SG-3 and 25 to kill it. After it attacked SG-25, she tired to dial Stargate Command when the creature attacked her and Teal'c. Luckily, Teal'c killed the creature with a Fragmentation grenade. After returning to the SGC, she healed the members of SG-25 with a Goa'uld healing device and Dr. D. Redden found a interdimensional parasite inside the creature that caused it to mutate. Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter discovered the parasites were from the Sodan Invisibility devices and one was used by a Trust Operative to spy on Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell and Major General Henry Landry at Major General Jack O'Neill's cabin, causing a creature to terrorize the local hunters after taking the Minnesota wildlife as hosts. Fortunately, through tracking them, Vala and the team were able to dispatch them through plenty of firepower. She and her team found enough time to play several rounds of poker at the end. (SG1: "Uninvited")
During an undercover mission on an Ori-enslaved world, Vala and SG-1 witnessed Adria preaching to the planet's inhabitants. When the Odyssey detected an energy wave coming from the Stargate, Colonel Paul Emerson beamed the team off the surface. After discovering the wave had killed everyone on the planet by breaking down all living tissue, Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter and Teal'c realized the Dakara superweapon had to be responsible. With an Ori warship now unmanned, she and SG-1 beamed down and she and Dr. Daniel Jackson teamed up and searched the ship. After a group of Jaffa led by Bo'rel boarded the ship, they were captured but Adria killed the Jaffa guarding them and tried to kill Daniel but she convinced her to stop. Adria revives one of the Jaffa and tortures him into telling her the location of the weapon and Adria fired up the ship and destroyed the three Ha'taks in orbit before entering hyperspace. After arriving at Dakara, she and the team were beamed out by the Odyssey. (SG1: "Counterstrike")
During a dinner with Dr. Daniel Jackson at Il Fiore Bianco, she was kidnapped by Devon of The Trust. She was brought to a warehouse where Athena had Weaver and Kakalios use a Memory recall device to find the location of the Clava Thessara Infinitas in Qetesh's memories. During a rescue attempt, the device used to stimulate her memory was hit with a Zat'nik'tel and Vala lost her memory. She wandered into Sol's Diner and tried to leave without paying the bill but the owner Sal stopped her. She explained that she could not remember anything from before entering his diner and he gave her a job as a waitress. During one of her shifts, she stopped two men from robbing the diner and was taken to the police station to give her statement. Detective Ryan questioned her and she gave him a fake name so he sent out an attempt to identify bulletin. This got the attention of Stargate Command and The Trust. Unfortunately, The Trust was able to get there first and an impostor of Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter took her away. SG-1 showed up at the station shortly after and Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell chased the car on a Motorcycle. While in route she was able to cause the car to crash and Mitchell came upon the crash. Mitchell was shot by one of the Trust operatives and she stole a man's car and made Mitchell drive to a hotel room. After she left the hotel, she was cornered in a warehouse by The Trust but SG-1 was able to find her and Daniel was able to help her regain her memories. Back at the SGC, Major General Henry Landry made her an official and permanent member of the team which was made official by Vala receiving her own team badges. (SG1: "Memento Mori")
When the Lucian Alliance hijacked the Odyssey, she used her contacts to trade for a Tel'tak, that she and SG-1 used to try and locate Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter and the Odyssey. They tracked the ships locator beacon to a planet with ties to the Alliance. Vala and Dr. Daniel Jackson went down to the planet but were captured and taken to the Odyssey. Once there, they were able to escape and reclaim the ship. Vala then worked to restore the hyperdrive with Carter. Thanks to a distraction created by Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell, Vala was able to repair the hyperdrive by jamming a crystal into the control panel and the Odyssey escaped. (SG1: "Company of Thieves")
A short time later, Vala had a dream that leads SG-1 to Osric's planet. Once there, they meet Osric the village librarian who shows them the Parchment of Virtues left by Morgan Le Fay but refused to show them the map. When the Ori army invaded the village, Osric agreed to help them find the Sangraal. After beating several of Morgan's puzzles and finding Ba'al along the way, Dr. Daniel Jackson realized Osric was not who he claimed and confronted him. He drops his disguise and it is Adria who reveals that she implanted the dream in Vala to lure her to the planet. She forces SG-1 to help her find the Sangraal. After beating more of Morgan's puzzles, they come up a pedestal with the Sangraal but it is a hologram. This releases a Dragon that attacked them but Adria was able to extended her personal shield to protect them. They escape into the forest through a passage and the Dragon chases them. After a plan to use C-4 to blow the Dragon up failed, she ran out to speak the name of the guardian but use Morgan Le Fay but Daniel followed and used her Ancient name of Ganos Lal and the Dragon disappeared. They returned to the cave and tried to take the Sangraal again and they were transported to another planet without Adria, where they find Merlin in a Stasis pod. They revive him and he agrees to help them build the Sangraal but Merlin's body had deteriorated too much during that time, and his memories were downloaded into Daniel. Vala was concerned for Daniel's health as he slowly deteriorated from using the Molecular construction device. When the Ori army came through the Stargate, she helped the team fight them off. After Daniel used his powers to kill the Ori soldiers, he fought Adria to allow her and the team to escape but he was captured. After returning to Stargate Command, she was determined to find him. (SG1: "The Quest, Part 1", "The Quest, Part 2")
After a Prior visited P9C-882 and ordered them to build an Ara, he sent SG-1 to hide the planet with Merlin's Arthur's Mantle device. After the device failed because of power issues, the Ori army attacked the village. She and Teal'c helped the villagers defend the village but were overrun by the Ori army. The leader of the Ori soldiers turned out to be Tomin who captured her and ordered the executions of many of the villagers who resisted. She was ringed to the Ori warship in orbit and Tomin tried to train her in the ways of Origin. She tried to convince him that the Ori were not gods but he refused to believe and slapped her across the face. After Tomin protested the destruction of the village and the Prior twisted the words of the Book of Origin, he helped her escape but would not come with her. She ringed down to the village and found nothing but scorched ground until the device was deactivated and the village reappeared. (SG1: "Line in the Sand")
A few weeks later, Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter was accidentally transported to an alternate reality while experimenting on Arthur's Mantle. Thinking she was just stuck out of phase for two weeks before her return, Vala and the rest took shifts with Sodan Invisibility devices to keep her company. (SG1: "The Road Not Taken")
On a mission to unnamed planet, SG-1 encountered a Prior. When the Prior removed his hood it turned out to be Daniel. They beamed him to the Odyssey and restrained him. He explained that he and Merlin were fooling Adria into believing he had turned so he could finish the Sangraal and steal an Ori warship and send it through the Supergate to the Alteran Home Galaxy and neutralize the Ori. After Richard Woolsey decided to place Daniel in stasis, she and SG-1 went on a mission to finish Daniel's plan themselves. They boarded an Ori warship and she and Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell put together the Sangraal. When Ori soldiers boarded the ship and captured them, Daniel beamed from the Odyssey and knocked out Adria. Teal'c and Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter shot the soldiers guarding her and Mitchell with a Zat'nik'tel. She armed the Sangraal and they head to the control room were Daniel set the ship on a course to the Supergate. Carter radioed Major General Jack O'Neill and he beamed them on the Odyssey. Not knowing it actually worked, she witnessed the Supergate activating, sending an addition six Ori ships to the Milky Way, making the total up to eight. (SG1: "The Shroud")
She and the team intervened in the Lucian Alliance distribution of Kassa by destroying three Kassa transport trains. She flew a Tel'tak while the rest of the team planted explosives on the ships. Little did they know, they were tagged with mild radiation, so the team could be tracked. This forced Netan to release a bounty on the team's heads. After destroying the trains, she earned some off time; and convinced Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell to allow her to accompany him on his visit to Auburn, Kansas for his High School reunion. They went to his parents' home, where Vala feigned that she and Mitchell were involved in a sex-filled relationship. During the reunion party, she went off with Mitchell's friend Darrell Grimes. Upon returning to the gym, she noticed that a bounty hunter named Odai Ventrell was holding Mitchell hostage. She tried to attacked Ventrell but he was protected by a personal shield. Ventrell planned to use them to lure the rest of the team. After this was foiled and SG-1 captured Odai, Mitchell convinced him of an opportunity to be far richer; assassinating a weakening Netan and take his place. (SG1: "Bounty")
After Dr. Daniel Jackson thought he'd found the location of the Clava Thessara Infinitas, the team minus Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter (who was in Washington D.C. to brief President Henry Hayes on the alternate reality she visited) traveled to P4M-328, where they find that their Stargate was a museum piece. Mitchell was forced to pretend they were members of the planet's growing terrorist faction, until they uncover a power source to return home. When they find a Goa'uld Ark bomb, she was able to use it's power source to dial the gate. Before they could escape they were surrounded by the authorities, though Mitchell convinced Quartus who they were and to contact Earth if they feel they are ready for relations with Earth, though in the end the planet chose to bury their Stargate and "stick their heads in the sand." (SG1: "Bad Guys")
After the bombing of Dar Eshkalon, she and SG-1 along with several other SG teams traveled to the planet to search for survivors. They discovered Teal'c and Bra'tac badly wounded along with 12 other injured Jaffa and 32 casualties. Later, she and the team traveled to Arkad's World, in an attempt to stop Teal'c from killing Arkad but were unable to stop him. (SG1: "Talion")
When her father Jacek contacted Stargate Command and requested asylum in exchange for information on Arkad's attack on Earth, she wanted nothing to do with him. When the intel turned out to be accurate and the Odyssey destroyed a large amount of Naquadah, Major General Henry Landry accepted Jacek's request for asylum despite her objections. After several weeks on Earth and several attempts by Jacek to contact her, she finally visited him and yelled at him for several minutes before leaving in order to stop the rest of her team from telling her to see him. When Jacek took off his locator beacon and met with one of Arkad's Jaffa in order to trade for the Naquadah in his Tel'tak, she and Dr. Daniel Jackson used the Subcutaneous locator beacon to locate him and intercept the deal. Jacek told them that one of the Tel'tak's in the attack had made it to Earth and he helped them locate it but told them there was a pass-code that needed to be deactivated or the ship would blow. When they located the Tel'tak and Jacek boarded, he stole the ship and flew away. Luckily, the ship was a plant and the real ship was safe. (SG1: "Family Ties")
After she had a dream that indicated the location of the Clava Thessara Infinitas, she informed the rest of SG-1 and Major General Henry Landry. They sent SG-3 and 8 but they were attacked by the Ori army and two men were killed. The next night she had another dream that indicated another location and informed the team but they felt that Adria was using her to lure them into another trap. Because of this the International Oversight Advisory felt she had been compromised and were going to place her under confinement at Area 51. Before she could be transferred, she escaped from her room and used a Sodan Invisibility device to escape through the Stargate. She then attempted to win a Tel'tak in a game but was caught cheating. The villagers were going to kill her when Adria entered and stopped them. She explained what had happened and that Stargate Command decided to check out the planet anyway but use the Odyssey. Adria decided to try and beat them there using the gate. When they arrived SG-1 and several other SG teams were waiting for them. Adria tried to use her powers but was blocked by the Prior disruptor but a group of Ba'al's Jaffa beamed to the surface and kidnapped Adria. Back at the SGC, Dr. Daniel Jackson and Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter explained that the whole thing was implanted in her mind using the Galaran memory device in order to fool Adria and lure her to the planet. When Agent Malcolm Barrett discovered the location of a meeting of the clones on P3R-112, she and SG-1 went to investigate and found dozens of clones had been killed with Symbiote poison. One of the Jaffa was not killed because he was on Tretonin and he told them the location of Ba'al's Ha'tak. They used the Odyssey to beam on board and beamed Adria to the Odyssey. After discovering that Ba'al had implanted himself in Adria, they attempted to extract him and replace him with a Tok'ra but Ba'al released his toxin. They decided to inject Adria with a concentrated dose of the toxin in order to give her a quick death. Unfortunately, Adria regained consciousness and took her hostage and used her powers to hold the infirmary doors shut. She tried to shoot Adria, but Adria stopped her and was able to ascend. (SG1: "Dominion")
She and SG-1 along with Major General Henry Landry journeyed on the Odyssey to Orilla at the request of the Asgard. When they arrived, Thor informed them that the Asgard were upgrading the Odyssey and giving them the collective knowledge of the Asgard. After the upgrades were complete, three Ori warships exited hyperspace and the Asgard committed mass suicide. Landry used the new Asgard plasma beam weapons to destroy one of the Ori ships and enter hyperspace. When the hyperdrive shut down and the Ori ships were tracking an energy from the Asgard computer core, Landry beamed the crew to the surface of P3X-474 and Landry and SG-1 engaged the Ori ships. They were able to destroy one of the ships but were about to be destroyed when Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter activated a time dilation field. She helped Carter in her attempts to disconnect the core and get off the ship before being struck by the Ori beam weapon. She also made several advances towards Dr. Daniel Jackson until he eventually relents and they remain the whole times. After fifty years in the field, Carter discovered a way to reverse time within the field and Teal'c stayed out of the reversal in a personal shield and stopped Carter from activating the field and gave her a crystal to disconnect the core. After the core was disconnected they entered hyperspace. After returning to Earth, she joined SG-1 on a mission to another planet. (SG1: "Unending")
Sometime later, Dr. Daniel Jackson uncovered clues to the location of the Ark of Truth, a powerful Ancient device that has the ability to convince people the "truth" of what was programmed in it. The team went to the ruins of Dakara to search it, but the Ori Army, led by her husband, Tomin arrived. They failed in their attempts to hold them off, but anticipating a Prior would support them, SG-1 activated a Prior disruptor; Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell managed to kill the Prior, and the soldiers surrendered. After returning to Earth, they explained to Tomin that the Ori were destroyed by the Sangraal and they were searching for the Ark because Daniel had a vision of a mountain exploding that he believed was a residual memory of Merlin's. Tomin directed them to the passage of the Book of Origin about Ortus Mallum and Daniel realizes that the Ark may be in the Alteran Home Galaxy. SG-1 and Tomin took the Odyssey through the Supergate and there Vala, Daniel and Tomin met with Hertis, a member of the Anti-Ori underground. He explained that the Fires of Celestis have gone out and that Ortus Mallum is located on the planet Celestis. Once at Celestis, SG-1 beamed to the surface and began searching. After Mitchell and Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter were called back to the ship to deal with James Marrick, Daniel had another vision and they discovered an entrance to an underground tunnel. They enter the tunnel and locate the Ark. Once back on the surface, they are attacked by Ori soldiers. After Teal'c is shot in the back, the rest of the team are captured and brought to the City of Celestis. While Daniel and Tomin were being tortured she was taken to see Adria, who at that point was ascended. Adria was somehow distracted by Morgan Le Fay and left. After Vala was shown by Morgan the symbols necessary to activate the Ark, she rescued Tomin and with Daniel and Teal'c headed to the room that held the Ark. She distracted Adria, allowing Daniel to activate the Ark and use it on the Doci. Adria was then weak enough for Morgan to attack and destroy her. Afterwards, back at Stargate Command, Vala and Tomin had a conversation about their marriage. Although Vala had the choice to return with him, she chose to stay on Earth saying that while she didn't know her place in life, she hoped it was on Earth with SG-1. She and Tomin planned to spend the rest of their lives making up for the terrible things they did. (SG1: "The Ark of Truth")
For the rest of the year, Vala spent her time with SG-1 to capture the remaining Ba'al clones and fight against other foes while Colonel Samantha Carter was leading the Atlantis expedition. After capturing the final Ba'al clone, Vala attended the Extraction Ceremony on the Tok'ra homeworld with Major General Jack O'Neill and the rest of SG-1. The ceremony went through and the final Ba'al clone was killed and she stayed behind to help Ba'al's host cope with the extraction because she knew what he was going through as a former host herself. (Stargate: Continuum)
During the Second Battle of Atlantis, SG-1 came to Atlantis to help. Wanting to do something, Vala asked Richard Woolsey for a role and he told her to find Rodney McKay, not seeming to really believe she'd locate him. Drawing on her experience as a thief, Vala realized that if McKay had been trying to steal Hyperion's weapon, he'd likely use a Puddle Jumper to escape with it. Vala searched the Jumper Bay and located the stunned Lt. Colonel John Sheppard and woke him up. In the midst of a nightmare, Sheppard lashed out at Vala and punched her before he realized where he was. (SGA: "Inheritors")
- In an alternate reality to which Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter accidentally traveled in 2007, Vala was under confinement in Area 51, possibly because of a theft. (SG1: "The Road Not Taken")
- In an effort to save SG-1 who were trapped in 1947 inside Cheyenne Mountain, Vala joined General Jack O'Neill in using the Time Jumper to go after her friends. However, when things went wrong, she ended up stranded in 1908 with Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell. While initially living in hiding, the two chose to find a way to go back to 1908 and repair the timeline after discovering a man died in a fire they caused that shouldn't have died. During this period, the two used their knowledge of future events to become rich and posed as a married couple though Mitchell would later state that Vala always told him that she was saving herself for Dr. Daniel Jackson and they had no actual romantic relationship. Their efforts led to them traveling to a planet where Vala knew a Stargate-capable Death Glider was located, but the planet proved to be under the control of Qetesh who captured them. To save the Vala from the new timeline, Vala volunteered herself as host once more and plotted with Mitchell against Qetesh and Ra the two times Qetesh got pregnant and had to leave Vala in control to protect the babies. Vala was killed along with Qetesh when SG-1 with the help of the Asgard An used an Asgard transporter and Earth's atomic bombs to destroy Qetesh and Ra's Ha'taks though as a consequence, both of Vala's children were killed as well. Mitchell indicated that Vala considered her coming death to be a mercy, telling SG-1 that Vala wanted it to end. Daniel also sadly noted that the visual effects in the sky from the destruction of the ships would've been something Vala loved. (SG1: "Roswell")
- At the Extraction Ceremony of Ba'al, she disappeared as the original Ba'al had gone back in time and changed history. In the alternate timeline and as a result of the Stargate Program never existing, Vala was still the host of Qetesh, the Goa'uld who had controlled her in the past due to the fact that the Tok'ra had never arrived and extracted Qetesh from her body. In 2009, Qetesh killed Ba'al for control of the Solar observation outpost on Praxyon and ordered Cronus to bombard Earth from orbit. She took command of Ba'al's flagship and set a course for Praxyon. When she arrived, SG-1 and the alternate Teal'c fought off her Jaffa until Colonel Samantha Carter activated the device and Colonel Cameron Mitchell traveled through the gate. She ringed down to the planet and was killed by an injured Teal'c in a massive explosion. (Stargate: Continuum)
It has been noted by Major General Henry Landry, Adria, and Colonel Cameron Mitchell that Vala only ever listens to Dr. Daniel Jackson; this causes some problems when he isn't around, as she tends to improvise strategy or create her own rather than follow the planned one. The fact that she doesn't listen to most people could be because she is used to looking out for herself, or she simply dislikes following orders. Either way, it appears that Vala does listen to Daniel because she is looking for his approval. Also, when she lost her memory, despite not trusting anyone, she seemed to instinctively trust Daniel and got back at the very least some of her memories of him without outside help and collapsed into his arms. Whether or not she got all of her memories back as a result of his appearance was unclear, but she at the very least got enough back that she trusted him enough to take her to Stargate Command where Dr. Carolyn Lam was able to help her regain all of her lost memories. (SG1: "Insiders", "Uninvited", "Memento Mori")
She has feelings for Daniel, and it seems that he might feel the same towards her were it not for the fact that her actions towards him come off as nothing more than attempts at seduction; then again, it seems that she doesn't know how to approach a man she likes other than seducing him. There have been a few examples to suggest he feels the same way, such as rescuing her instead of grabbing Adria (which Vala herself told him he should have done) which would have given the SGC a valuable prisoner. (SG1: "Flesh and Blood")
When Martin Lloyd asks SG-1 for suggestions on how to end his Wormhole X-Treme! movie, Vala suggests a wedding, implying that it be between her and Daniel. Daniel seems annoyed (and, possibly, slightly disturbed) by this. (SG1: "200")
In an alternate timeline within the time dilation field around the Odyssey, Daniel and Vala, along with Landry and the rest of SG-1, are trapped on the ship for about fifty years. About three months after they enter the time dilation field, Daniel and Vala discuss their relationship, realize their love for each other, and remain together during the fifty years. Initially Daniel rejects her as he believes that she is just using him out of boredom, but realizes she's being genuine when she's shown to be genuinely hurt by his refusal. Once the time dilation field is reversed, however, neither of them have memories of this, and their relationship returns to how it was before. Ironically, the Vala in main timeline assumes something like this must have happened, but when Teal'c refuses to elaborate on the details, she begins guessing everyone except Daniel. (SG1: "Unending")
|Current members||Cameron Mitchell - Daniel Jackson - Teal'c of Chulak - Vala Mal Doran|
|Former members||Fred Buonarotti - Samantha Carter - Castleman - David Dixon - Hagman - Robert Makepeace - Mathison - Jonathan J. O'Neill - Jonas Quinn|