Carole Ann Ford
|Carole Ann Ford|
Ford in 1986
|Born||16 June 1940|
|Occupation||Actress and voice coach|
|Known for||First ever Doctor Who companion|
|Television||Doctor Who (1963–64;
1983, 1993, 2003–present)
Carole Ann Ford (born 16 June 1940) is a British actress best known for her roles as Susan Foreman in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, and as Bettina in the 1962 film adaptation of The Day of the Triffids.
Life and career
Ford has had a long and diverse acting career. Her theatrical work includes many comedies, dramas and musicals, including The Jungle Book, Stranger in the House, Bakerloo to Paradise, The Owl and the Pussycat, The Rumpus, Pride and Prejudice, Inadmissible Evidence, Enrico, Expresso Bongo, Sleeping Beauty, You Never Can Tell, Ned Kelly, Mother, MacBett, The Boy Friend, Have You Seen Manchester, and Private Lives.
Her film appearances include Sarah (about the life of French actress Sarah Bernhardt), The Hiding Place, The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery, Mix Me a Person, and the part of the blind French girl Bettina in the 1962 science-fiction film The Day of the Triffids. In addition to Doctor Who, her television appearances include Suspense (in the episode "Man on a Bicycle"), Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (in the episode "Affairs and Relations"), Public Eye, Emergency Ward 10, Attorney General, Moonstrike, Compact, Probation Officer, and Dial M for Murder.
Ford has appeared on Juke Box Jury and various quiz shows, and has performed many voice-overs and voice dubs.
According to the documentary Doctor Who: Origins, an appearance on Z-Cars prompted Ford's screen test for the role of Susan in Doctor Who in 1963. Playing the granddaughter of the Doctor, Ford was one of the three original companions to accompany William Hartnell's incarnation of the Time Lord. According to Ford, Susan was originally intended to be a character similar to those in The Avengers, with telepathic abilities as well as the skills to fly the Tardis, but in the series she was made to be far more ordinary. Her character departed from the series at the conclusion of the 1964 serial The Dalek Invasion of Earth, but returned briefly for both the series' 20th anniversary TV special, The Five Doctors (1983), and 30th anniversary charity special, Dimensions in Time (1993). She appeared as a different character in the independent Doctor Who spin-off film Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans (1995).
Ford mostly stopped acting following an illness in 1977 which led to a dramatic weight reduction and the loss of her voice, and has since taught voice and presentation skills and dialogue coaching to politicians, businesspeople, after-dinner speakers and actors. Since the 2000s, however, she has made a limited return to the profession, reprising the role of Susan in a number of Doctor Who audio plays by Big Finish Productions (some of which have been broadcast on BBC Radio): two Doctor Who Unbound stories, Auld Mortality and A Storm of Angels; two Companion Chronicles stories, Here There Be Monsters and Quinnis; and three stories also featuring the Doctor, starting with the subscription-only release An Earthly Child, in which her character is re-united with Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor, followed by Relative Dimensions and Lucie Miller.
She was played by Claudia Grant in the BBC Two docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time, which dramatises the story of the conception of Doctor Who and was broadcast on 21 November 2013 to complement the series' 50th anniversary special. Ford herself appeared in a small role as a character named Joyce.
Ford is married with two daughters.
- "Doctor Who Guide". Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- Donna White, "A Time Lord of Romance", Sunday Mail (Glasgow, 20 March 2005).
- "Jessica Carney Associates". 5 February 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "1963: Brought Back To Life!". Doctor Who Magazine (Panini Comics) (458): 7. April 2013.
- "The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot", BBC programmes, retrieved 26 November 2013