Janet Fielding

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Janet Fielding
Janet Claire Mahoney

(1953-09-09) 9 September 1953 (age 68)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Years active1977–1991, 2006–
Notable work
Tegan Jovanka in Doctor Who (1981–1984, 2022)
(m. 1982; div. 1991)

Janet Fielding (born Janet Claire Mahoney; 9 September 1953)[1] is an Australian actress who acted in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who as companion Tegan Jovanka.

Early life and career[edit]

Fielding was born in Brisbane.[2] After spending some of her childhood schooldays in America, Janet went on to study at University of Queensland, from which she graduated with a degree in English. She planned to become a reporter for the ABC (then the Australian Broadcasting Commission), and journalism had been a major part of her degree course. Instead, she moved to Britain to become an actress. After arriving in Britain she joined an actors' cooperative.

As 'Janet Clare 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. She got the Doctor Who companion role after a number of interviews and auditions.

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 (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).[3] She played Mel during Sylvester McCoy's audition for the part of the Seventh Doctor.[4] 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 administrative position for only three and a half years, she continued with the group afterwards, managing the Skillset study on successful women in television in 2009.[5] During that time, 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),[6] Cobwebs and The Cradle of the Snake (2010)[7] alongside Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor. She had been initially reluctant to reprise her role for Big Finish; at Doctor Who conventions she has stated this reluctance was due primarily to her work as a theatrical agent, as she perceived a potential conflict of interest in working as an actor while representing actors. She has confirmed that she will continue to appear as Tegan in future audio stories. Fielding has also provided audio commentaries for several DVD releases of Tegan's Doctor Who stories[8] and 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 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 modernise the old motor museum into a multi-use venue featuring offices, bars, a restaurant, a café and cinemas, where local youths will have a chance to learn from successful businesses.[9]

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 she appeared in the 50th-anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.[10]

Fielding is set to reprise the role of Tegan in the upcoming Doctor Who BBC centenary special alongside Sophie Aldred as Ace.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In 1982 Fielding married Daily Mirror foreign editor Nicholas Davies. They divorced in 1991.[12] In September 2012, Fielding revealed she was being treated for cancer.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Hammer House of Horror Secretary Mandy Episode: Charlie Boy,8 credited as Janet Clare Fielding
1983 The Adventure Game Contestant Episode 5 Series 3
1981–1984, 2022 Doctor Who Tegan Jovanka 67 episodes
1982 Shelley Tracy Episode: Slaughterhouse Sling
1984 Minder Janice Episode: Windows
1985 Murphy's Mob Caroline Series 4
2013 The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot Janet Fielding TV movie
2016 Prisoner Zero Dr. Mendez Voice; Episode: "Breakout"


  1. ^ "Company Director Selection Results". Jordan Watch. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Interview with Janet Fielding (Tegan from Doctor Who) | State Library of Queensland". 31 October 2016.
  3. ^ Mento, Charles. "A Fix with Sontarans". Doctor Who Reference Guide. Retrieved 28 February 2007.
  4. ^ "Exclusive First Look: Mel Leaving Scene - Doctor Who: Dragonfire - BBC". YouTube. 4 July 2008. Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  5. ^ Simpson, Amanda. "Why Her? Factors that Have Influenced the Careers of Successful Women in Television" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  6. ^ Doctor Who: The Gathering, Big Finish Productions.
  7. ^ Doctor Who: The Cradle of the Snake, Big Finish Productions.
  8. ^ DVD update: Revised schedule, plus Time-Flight and Arc of Infinity, BBC, 4 May 2007.
  9. ^ "Janet Fielding - Project Motorhouse". Ramsgate Town Council. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Janet Fielding". BFI.
  11. ^ Mzimba, Lizo (17 April 2022). "Doctor Who: Former companions to join Jodie Whittaker's farewell". BBC News.
  12. ^ Thomas, Gordon; Martin Dillon (2003). The assassination of Robert Maxwell: Israel's superspy. London: Robson Books. pp. 127–129. ISBN 1-86105-642-7.
  13. ^ "Janet Fielding Battles Cancer". Doctorwhonews.net. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2017.

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