|Born||Janet Claire Mahoney
9 September 1953
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Years active||1977–1991, 2006–|
|Notable work||Tegan Jovanka in Doctor Who (1981–1984, 1985)|
|Spouse(s)||Nicholas Davies (1982–1991) (divorced)|
Early life and career
Fielding was born in Brisbane. As 'Janet Claire Fielding' she made her UK TV debut in the Hammer House of Horror episode "Charlie Boy", which aired in October 1980 as it was announced she had been cast as the next Doctor Who companion.
Between 1981 and 1984 Fielding played the part of Tegan Jovanka, a companion of the Fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker, and later of the Fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison. She made a guest appearance on Jim'll Fix It in a Doctor Who-related sketch alongside Colin Baker's Doctor in 1985 (A Fix with Sontarans). She played Mel during Sylvester McCoy's audition for the part of the Seventh Doctor. In 1984 she had a role in the ITV children's drama Murphy's Mob, followed in 1985 with a part in Hold The Back Page.
In 1991 Fielding gave up acting to take up an administrative position with Women in Film and Television UK. While she maintained the position for only three and a half years, she has continued to work with the group since then, managing the Skillset study on successful women in television in 2009. After leaving her position with the group, Fielding worked as a theatrical agent, at one point representing Paul McGann when he took the role of the Eighth Doctor.
She returned to acting and the role of Tegan for Big Finish Productions audio plays including The Gathering (2006), Cobwebs and The Cradle of the Snake (2010) alongside Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor. In the past she showed reluctance to reprise the role, but has confirmed that she will be appearing as Tegan in further audio stories in the future. Fielding has also provided audio commentaries for several DVD releases of Tegan's Doctor Who stories. She also appeared in DVD extras for Frontier in Space and Planet of the Daleks, stories in which she did not appear, where she provided critiques on the portrayal of female characters in the serials.
Fielding has also worked as the head of finance for a charity. She is Project Co-ordinator for Project MotorHouse, a charity based in Ramsgate, UK which aims to regenerate the local West Cliff Hall building into an exciting mixed-use venue, where people of all ages can enjoy themselves and where Thanet’s young people can be introduced to a business culture and get the hands-on experience they need, to feel confident about starting their own businesses.
Although she has avoided fan conventions in the past, Fielding appeared at the Supanova Pop Culture convention at the Gold Coast in Australia during April 2012. Fielding organised two Doctor Who conventions for 2013 to help raise funds for Project MotorHouse. The conventions were called ProjectMotorMouth.
In August 2013 Fielding contributed to the one-off special show Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor in an interview segment with other companions and Doctors, and appeared in the 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.
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- Official site for Project MotorHouse
- Fundraising convention site for Project MotorHouse