With the new Doctor Who companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman, making headlines lately with critics slamming her for being “too sexy”, one of her predecessors, Carole Ann Ford, has hit back claiming that the former Emmerdale actress is “everything” the show requires.
Jenna-Louise Coleman was properly introduced as the official Clara the new companion to current Time Lord, Matt Smith, as the seventh series second half premier of the hit BBC family sci-fi entertainment show hit our screens on March 30th.
Since then the show seems to have been under constant scrutiny over her casting, which has not been helped by a huge dip in viewing figures during last week’s instalment, The Rings of Akhaten.
Many, including former Doctor Who director Waris Hussein, have crawled out of the woodwork to say how they think her young, sexy image is misplaced on the hit show, due to turn 50 this winter, but former Time Lord companion, Carol Ann Ford disagrees!
The actress, who appeared alongside first ever Time Lord William Hartnell when the show began, even went as far as to say that she is envious of Coleman’s role, and the storylines that she and current Time Lord, Matt Smith, are given, explaining to the Telegraph:
“How I envy them when I look at what they do, and what I had to do.
“They do get very sexy, don’t they? I never had such fun in my time.”
With regards to the criticism that Coleman has faced over her casting, the actress continued:
“Oh my God, I thought it was fantastic. I love the new girl. I think she is wonderful, she is everything it requires.”
However, despite her huge vote of confidence towards the show, don’t expect to see Ford back on our screens for the 50th anniversary celebrations, as she claims the show “destroyed” her career!
Playing the granddaughter of the Doctor, Ford was one of the original companions to appear in the show in 1963. She left the series in an emotional farewell scene in 1964 at the conclusion of The Dalek Invasion of Earth, but briefly returned for the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors in 1983 and also appeared in the 30th anniversary charity special Dimensions in Time and (as a different character) in the independent Doctor Who spin-off film Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans.
But, when asked if the show had a negative impact on her career, she replied:
“Yeah. In no small way. Definitely. Nothing shook it off. Nothing.”
“I must say that when I left Doctor Who, I was filled with… not loathing, but I was incredibly annoyed because I wanted to do more television and films and the only thing that people could ever see me in was a recreation of what I had done. A Susan clone. Some kind of weird teenager,
“I wanted to do work that would disconnect me from Doctor Who. That is a very difficult thing to accomplish, as many other actors who have played the companions have found out.”
“A lot of people did not want Doctor Who to go ahead. The people high up were against putting money into children’s programmes, which is how they considered it at the time.
“The sets were very wobbly. They didn’t think it was going to last. The Tardis interior was very delicate. You could practically blow on the walls like the wolf after the little piggies and it would all fall down.”
Doctor Who: Cold War can be seen this Saturday night at 6pm on BBC1 / BBC1 HD, watch the trailer for it in the clip below!