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Doctor Who thing: meet the Doctor’s granddaughter who never was

Doctor Who Carole Ann Ford William Russell

Fascinating interview with Carole Ann Ford — who played Susan, the Doctor’s granddaughter, in the earliest episodes — in The Telegraph about how the role destroyed her career, why she’s jealous of companions on the new show, and more.
One intriguing tidbit is about how Susan was originally intended to be quite different than she ended up onscreen:

What did give way were the promises she had been made about her character. “I was a very good dancer and had been an acrobat. They told me Susan was going to be an Avengers-type girl – with all the kapow of that – plus she would have telepathetic powers. She was going to be able to fly the Tardis as well as her grandfather and have the most extraordinary wardrobe. None of that happened.”

Ford was told to make Susan more like an ordinary teenager. “All my differentness was cut out. They made me wear horrible little trousers, not even funky jeans. Horrible little flat shoes. I don’t know why they did this to me.”

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It’s also striking how much of the modern Doctor Who can be traced to those first shows – from the theme tune to enduring ideas about who the Doctor is and why he is travelling. Remarkably, many were made up on the spot by herself and William Hartnell, who played the lead. “Bill and I put together a back story because we had to. You can’t act something unless you know what is behind it. We created the fact that he had done something to annoy the other Time Lords and they decided he had to go.”

Read the whole long intereview at The Telegraph.

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