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Verity Lambert, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison (1983)

December 4th, 2011 at 12:08

I am now going to be desperately disappointed if the 50th anniversary doesn’t feature a similar round-table with all living Doctors talking about the role while eating jelly babies. We have eight, that could be quite a bun fight!

Also, Verity Lambert has always been a feminist hero of mine – a 28 year old woman who was the youngest producer, and only female drama producer, at the BBC, and was given this bizarre white elephant of a TV show to run back in 1063, she not only made a success of Doctor Who (she approved the first Dalek script against advice from others, sealing the show’s early triumph of ratings and pop culture madness), but went on to have a long and substantial career elsewhere. She was Head of Drama at ITV when they were producing The Sweeney, Minder, Rumpole of the Bailey and the Naked Civil Servant, she produced John Cleese’s feature Clockwise during a brief film production interlude, and finally set up her own independent production company, Cinema Verity, which was responsible for one of my favourite obscure TV shows, Class Act (starring Joanna Lumley, John Bowe and Nadine Garner). She also moonlighted freelance producing work with the BBC, such as Jonathan Creek, another old favourite of mine.

I was extra delighted to learn recently that she was also a devoted Gooner, when Alan Davies reminisced about being at a particular game with her, on his Arsenal podcast The Tuesday Club. Female Arsenal fans are far more of a minority than female Doctor Who fans have ever been, so I grabbed this piece of information with great joy.

Ahem, got a bit sidetracked there. I’d never seen her interviewed before, at least while so young, and this one is very cool, with the added bonus of several Doctor actors bickering amiably together.

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4 Responses to “Verity Lambert, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison (1983)”

  1. Aqua of the Questioners Says:

    Female Doctor Who fans are a minority? Wait, what? I must live in a unicorn bubble.

    But sharing your love for Verity Lambert and her work.

  2. Tansy Rayner Roberts Says:

    I don’t think they are now at all, but they were a minority before the new show came back in the UK & Australia (and more importantly were perceived as a minority as active fans, which helped to render many of them invisible) – and likewise, there are plenty of female Gooners out there, but they often get lost in the noisy male fandom.

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