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Doctor Who’s original Sarah Jane revealed | Radio Times

How it could have been: nearly 40 years later, the secret of who was originally cast as Doctor Who’s Sarah Jane Smith has been revealed. It  was April Walker, best known for myriad guest roles in Fawlty Towers, The Two Ronnies and Yes, Minister.
Pictured above left is Jon Pertwee in the 1973 story The Time Warrior, which introduced Sarah Jane Smith. Then, above right, is April Walker in a Two Ronnies sketch, The Attractive Barmaid, from the same year.
Doctor Who producer Barry Letts cast Walker when Katy Manning left the role of  Jo Grant, the Doctor’s previous companion, and she worked in rehearsals  for The Time Warrior. But allegedly the pairing of Pertwee’s Doctor and Walker’s Sarah Jane didn’t work: she was a tall and more obviously strong character, along the lines of Pertwee’s first companion, Liz Shaw (Caroline John).
It’s believed that Pertwee was unhappy with the decision but it would ultimately have been Letts who recast the role. Walker was reportedly paid for both The Time Warrior and the rest of that series.



I can’t recall having seen April Walker in anything, though it’s possible I have and forgot about it. I’m glad that Elisabeth Sladen got Sarah Jane instead, even if she and Pertwee didn’t like each other much (but he apparently thought she was a good choice for SJ). Interesting that it took until a couple of years after Barry Letts died to have this finally be revealed.

doctorwho:

Doctor Who’s original Sarah Jane revealed | Radio Times

How it could have been: nearly 40 years later, the secret of who was originally cast as Doctor Who’s Sarah Jane Smith has been revealed. It was April Walker, best known for myriad guest roles in Fawlty Towers, The Two Ronnies and Yes, Minister.

Pictured above left is Jon Pertwee in the 1973 story The Time Warrior, which introduced Sarah Jane Smith. Then, above right, is April Walker in a Two Ronnies sketch, The Attractive Barmaid, from the same year.

Doctor Who producer Barry Letts cast Walker when Katy Manning left the role of Jo Grant, the Doctor’s previous companion, and she worked in rehearsals for The Time Warrior. But allegedly the pairing of Pertwee’s Doctor and Walker’s Sarah Jane didn’t work: she was a tall and more obviously strong character, along the lines of Pertwee’s first companion, Liz Shaw (Caroline John).

It’s believed that Pertwee was unhappy with the decision but it would ultimately have been Letts who recast the role. Walker was reportedly paid for both The Time Warrior and the rest of that series.

I can’t recall having seen April Walker in anything, though it’s possible I have and forgot about it. I’m glad that Elisabeth Sladen got Sarah Jane instead, even if she and Pertwee didn’t like each other much (but he apparently thought she was a good choice for SJ). Interesting that it took until a couple of years after Barry Letts died to have this finally be revealed.

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    I can’t recall having seen April Walker in anything, though it’s possible I have and forgot about it. I’m glad that...
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    Thank goodness Elisabeth Sladen got it!
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    You learn something new every day :v
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