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“I’ll miss you savage.” A blindingly obvious appreciation of Leela

April 20, 2016

It’s Louise Jameson’s Birthday today.

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In many ways, the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker’s Doctor, was the least companionable of Doctors. It’s well known that Tom Baker relished going companionless for The Deadly Assassin and that he rather immodesty challenged the longer term need for the Doctor to have any companion at all.

If Baker’s concern was a companion who might distract viewers from his own performance then the character devised for the new season by messrs Hinchcliffe, Holmes and Boucher must have resembled his worst nightmare.

Because, at the risk of stating the bleedin’ obviously, just look at her. Marlon Brando or Laurence Olivier, going at full throttle, could hardly be assured of any audience’s undivided attention while standing next to Louise Jameson. Small wonder that Baker feared that he might no longer be the cynosure of the British televisual gaze.

Leela is a warrior of Sevateem (survey team) – a tribe of devolved superstitious savages…

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