Happy Birthday to Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy, and Sophie Aldred who played Ace on Doctor Who!
DOCTOR WHO Revisited: SYLVESTER McCOY - July 27 BBC AMERICA
2013 is DOCTOR WHO’s 50th Anniversary. Each month, BBC AMERICA takes the TARDIS back in time with Brand New Specials on all eleven Doctors. This month, it’s Seventh Doctor SYLVESTER McCOY!
Don’t miss the Premiere of the seventh DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED Special, plus the classic Seventh Doctor story “Remembrance of the Daleks” Saturday July 27 at 7/6c only on BBC America.
Take an in-depth look at the seventh incarnation of the truly timeless Time Lord - who played the part from 1987 to 1989 and reprised the role in 1996’s “Doctor Who: The Movie.” With exclusive interviews with lead writer and executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT, Seventh Doctor companions Sophie Aldred (Ace) and Bonnie Langford (Mel Bush), and McCOY himself, examining the darker side of the Seventh Doctor, viewing some of his surreal adventures and discussing his most scientific foe, The Rani.
Then, in the Seventh Doctor story “Remembrance of the Daleks,” the Doctor and his companion Ace arrive in 1960s London, where they are caught up in a fierce battle on Earth between two violently opposing factions of Daleks, who will stop at nothing to destroy one another.
For those of you that have not had their chance to get their hands on a copy of Doctor Who Magazine as yet, the BBC has announced a special Doctor Who episode of BBC One quiz show Pointless will air on March 23rd at 6pm, just one week before Series 7b arrives on our screens!
Pointless sees contestants tested on their obscure knowledge, with the answer that is least well-known (and correct) being the most desirable.
Appearing in the special edition of Pointless will be classic Doctor Who actors and actresses including Sylvester McCoy (the Seventh Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Louise Jameson (Leela) and Frazer Hines (Jamie).
From the new series, specifically the David Tennant years, there will be Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott), Jacqueline King (Sylvia Noble) and Andrew Hayden-Smith (Jake Simmons). You’ll all recognise the show’s host Alexander Armstrong from his turn in Doctor Who’s 2011 Christmas special The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe. He also played the computer Mr Smith for five series of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
First, it confirms that Series 7 will be filming in Spain and promises some more news.
The mag features an in-depth interview with 7th Doctor companion Ace, aka, Sophie Aldred. Some choice quotes include: “Producer John Nathan-Turner looked down his nose and said ‘ Who do you think you are?’”
“I assumed Russell T Davies didn’t like the character.”
And: “It would be interesting to see what Amy Pond thought of Ace.”
Plus: The TWO Cantons; Doctor Who takes on America; School Reunion; The Keys of Marinus.
(via Doctor Who TV)
There’s a powerful argument to be made that Ace, companion to the Seventh Doctor and posh girl pretending to be street-scruff (her real name is Dorothy, y’know), is the Scrappy Doo of the Whoniverse: she’s a terrier, likes a fight, has a big mouth and a lot of what I believe you Americans like to call “addy-chewd.”
She’s also pretending to be something she isn’t (tough, in Scrappy’s case, streetwise in Ace’s) and possibly only exists because the producers of the TV show were worried about losing the younger viewers.
There again, she got rid of the over-sibilant panto bickerfest that existed between the Doctor and Mel, and that’s no small thing. Plus she walks around with a bunch of explosives on her back, and you can’t imagine Nyssa ever doing that.
read the rest (complete with clips) at Anglophenia