Tuesday, 12 June 2012

TARDIS Tuesday: Peri Brown - The American Dream

Dandy! Nicola joins Dr Who
 - The Sun, 1983
Attempting to broaden the appeal of the Doctor Who series abroad in the 1980s, the  production team began writing in companions from outside of Great Britain.

Following the success of Janet Fielding as Tegan Jovanka, producer John Nathan-Turner thought it might be a good idea for The Doctor to have an American assistant.

And so enter Peri Brown, played by Nicola Bryant.

Nicola, in fact wasn't and has never been American, but a myth was perpetuated by the Doctor Who production office and the press that she was, and so for her debut photo call Nicola waved a star spangled banner and played a dual role of an American actress playing an American character.

Not that Nicola or Peri's nationality mattered. Peri became one of the most popular companions of Doctor Who in the 1980s and is still fondly remembered today.

25 years later, Scottish born actor John Barrowman would play American Time Agent Captain Jack Harkness in numerous episodes of Doctor Who and subsequently Torchwood.

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