INTERVIEW: ‘Doctor Who’ star Sophie Aldred at L.I. Who

Sophie

The charming Sophie Aldred fields some questions from me. (The potted plant had no comment.) [Photo by Adrienne Wise]

Depending on how you count them, there were something like two dozen companions in the original run of Doctor Who from 1963 to 1989. Ace – as played by Sophie Aldred – was the final, and some would say best, companion.

During the era of the seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy), writers gave Ace a pretty extensive backstory – something that previous companions rarely had. She also was strong and feisty, questioning the Doctor’s authority and blowing stuff up. Memorably, she also fought a Dalek with a baseball bat – and won.

When the show returned in 2005, Ace proved to be an inspiration for Rose and the other companions who followed.

Since 1989, Sophie has been involved not only in fan conventions but also 18 years of stories (and counting) with Big Finish Productions. It was cool to talk with her about some of her experiences last November at the L.I. Who convention. Even she seems surprised at how much influence her two years on Doctor Who has had on her life.

As Ace herself would say: WICKED!

Ace-and-Doctor

Ace and the Professor … er, the Doctor discuss the conditions of her joining his adventures in 1987’s “Dragonfire.” [BBC Photo]

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