Wendy Padbury, Carole Ann Ford and Sophie Aldred talk exclusively in the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine.
Wendy Padbury, who played Second Doctor companion Zoe, recalls how the part she played in Doctor Who was ahead of its time:
“She was a strong character for the period. I didn’t quite realise at the time … She thought she was cleverer than the Doctor, brighter. Zoe would never get offended by the Doctor; she knows she’s the brightest and doesn’t see what the problem is. I’ve met two or three people who became astrophysicists because of Zoe, and that’s quite a thing. It’s amazing how the show has that influence. Extraordinary.”
As her character returns for Big Finish’s Class, Sophie Aldred reflects on playing Ace alongside the Seventh Doctor: “I know some Doctor Who assistants weren’t happily served by their characters or by their writers, but I was so well served, at that early age, by everyone around me. I was given a lot of chance for my own input, I was allowed to make my own choices about how to play her, and that was amazing, when I think about being 24 and let loose on one of the most-loved programmes on TV. It gave me a lot of confidence, I think.”
Meanwhile, Carole Ann Ford, who played the First Doctor’s granddaughter Susan, says she would most like to meet… “Jodie Whittaker. I really would like to meet her. Wouldn’t it be fun?! What would I say to her? “Hello grandma!” Jodie’s got a very strong presence. I saw the moment she arrived [in Twice Upon a Time]… The TARDIS is spinning around in space now, but in my time, in the olden days, you could never have the doors of the TARDIS opening in space while it was in flight.
Also in this issue…