Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley.
I want to share how saddened I am to hear the news that Jackie Lane, the actress who played Dodo Chaplet in ‘Doctor Who’, has passed away recently. I didn’t get to meet her at conventions, which is a shame since I would have liked to have shared with Jackie how much I’ve enjoyed her as Dodo. 😦
Jackie played Dodo in stories like ‘The Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve’, ‘The Ark’, ‘The Celestial Toymaker’, ‘The Gunfighters’, ‘The Savages’ and ‘The War Machines’. Sadly, she didn’t get to reprise her role as Dodo in the Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’, which again is a shame as I would have liked to have heard her reprise her role as Dodo on audio and reunite with Peter Purves as Steven. 😦
The closest I’ve been able to receive something from Jackie at a convention was a signed photo of her as Dodo with a Monoid from the ‘Doctor Who’ story called ‘The Ark’. I’m pleased to have that. I also enjoyed seeing Jackie Lane in her ‘Myth Makers’ interview in ‘The Doctors: The William Hartnell Years’ DVD last year. I hope I will review her ‘Myth Makers’ interview in full detail sometime soon. 🙂
Despite not reprising her role as Dodo in ‘Doctor Who’ for Big Finish, I’m happy Jackie wished the TV show a “Happy 50th Birthday!” during the show’s 50th anniversary celebrations in the ‘Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty’ programme. I was pleasantly surprised to see Jackie on that anniversary night. 🙂
It’s sad the family of ‘Doctor Who’ has lost another family member in Jackie Lane lately. I can’t say Dodo made a huge impact on me as a ‘Doctor Who’ companion, but for what it’s worth, I enjoyed Jackie Lane’s performances as Dodo and acting alongside William Hartnell’s Doctor and Peter Purves’ Steven. My prayers and thoughts go out to all of those who are the friends and family of Jackie Lane.
Here’s a ‘Doctor Who News’ post dedicated to Jackie Lane – https://www.doctorwhonews.net/2021/06/jackie_lane_1941_2021.html
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now.