Thursday, 16 February 2012

Doctor Who and the Nearly Leela's

SFX magazine has revealed intriguing details of the production subtitles featured on the new DVD release of The Face of Evil. Writer Dave Golder has listed all the actresses who auditioned for the part of Leela in 1976. Before Louise Jameson was eventually cast, twenty-five other candidates were interviewed by producer Philip Hinchcliffe. The most well-known names considered for the role were Carol Drinkwater (Helen Heriot in All Creatures Great and Small), Colette Gleeson (she later starred in Doctor Who as Caris in Meglos), Heather Tobias, Michelle Newell, and Susan Wooldridge. Besides Jameson, perhaps the most famous actress seen was Pamela Salem - she actually appeared in the next serial, The Robots of Death as Toos, and  later in Remembrance of the Daleks (1988) as Rachel Jensen.

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