A chat with Nicola Bryant | Stuff.co.nz

Nicola Bryant is in New Zealand with a couple of other former Doctor Who stars–Colin “Sixy” Baker and Mark “Turlough” Strickson–for the Armageddon Expos.  The Expos are a celebration of all things fannish, from science fiction to gaming to Anime.  The first Armageddon will take place in the city of Dunedin this weekend and the second in Christchurch on March 8-9.

Drumming up publicity for the events, the former companion to the Fifth and Sixth Doctors talked to New Zealand’s Stuff.co.nz entertainment page.  She answered some questions about her time on the show in the 80s and also her thoughts as a fan of the show today.

When asked about meeting the fans of Doctor Who, Ms. Bryant told a funny story about the strangest autograph request she’s ever had:
[/quote]The most ‘difficult’ was in the USA when a fan turned around to  reveal the back pocket of his jeans had been unstitched and turned into  a flap that revealed his bare behind. He then handed me a pen and asked  me to sign his buttock as he wanted my autograph there. Apparently a  “picture” of me was tattooed onto the other buttock.[/quote]
When asked if she is jealous of the budgets and effects that are involved in 21st century Who, she answered:

Of course I am! But I think I was mostly jealous of Billie Piper’s  start. So much care was taken by Russell T. Davies in the writing of  Rose’s story. As much as I wrote a backstory for myself it would have  been much more satisfying to see it on the screen.

And would she like to appear in a new episode someday?
Of  course I would. I love the new show. I’ve enjoyed all the new Doctors  and I can’t wait to see Peter Capaldi. He’s a very exciting casting  choice.

And Ms. Bryant finishes the interview with her thoughts on the programme that has now been part of her life for over half of her life:
Doctor Who has endured for so long because not only is it a  terrific family show that both children and adults enjoy, with a  limitless format, but unusually for a television show, change is part of  its appeal… My  youngest stepson (age 6) stayed up late until the end of the Doctor Who Proms to find out the name of the next Doctor. I don’t think any other  programme is so much a part of nostalgia and yet is so forward looking.

So, Kasterborites, will and of you be in New Zealand in the coming week or so?  Let us know if you get to meet the lovely Ms. Bryant… but please, no funny business with your blue jeans!

Head to Armageddon Expo’s website for ticketing information.


Drew has been a fan of Doctor Who ever since he flipped through the channels late one night and saw a girl blowing up an army of funny robot men with nothing but a slingshot and some old coins. He currently lives somewhere in the woods of Missouri with his beautiful wife Barbara.

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