“You have to look at the time I was in the show, and the Doctors I was paired with. That’s not me being bashful… You can have the most wonderful Romeo and the most wonderful Juliet, but if they don’t come together and match, you’ve got nothing. You’ve got to believe it. If you can make people believe, you’ve won.”—Lis Sladen on being voted “the greatest companion ever”
Most recently we have seen her on TV as the mysterious eyepatch lady, later named as Madame Kovarian in Doctor Who, but Frances Barber also has many other television credits to her name and has a varied theatre career. I had the pleasure of interviewing her at the October Entertainment Media Show and asked her a few questions about life on the set of Doctor Who and what she thought of people dressing as her character.
You have a lot of experience in Television film and theatre, which do you like the best and why?
It’s always an impossible question to answer to be honest. I love all three, I really love all three! And depending what it is that I’m doing at that particular time, I end up just becoming engrossed and enthused by, you know if it was for example Doctor Who I was completely engrossed and enthused with that, but then if I haven’t been in the theatre for a couple of years I do kind of itch to get back and do some theatre work, because I love it.