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Jackie Lane
Born(1941-07-10)10 July 1941[1]
Died7 June 2021(2021-06-07) (aged 79)
Other namesJackie Lenya[2]
OccupationActress
TelevisionDodo Chaplet in Doctor Who

Jackie Lane (10 July 1941 – 7 June 2021) was an English actress known for her role as Dodo Chaplet, a companion of the Doctor, in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who. She played the part from February to July 1966 alongside William Hartnell as the Doctor.

Early life

Jacqueline Joyce Lane was born in Manchester in 1941 to Jack and Ena Lane. Her father was a theatrical wig maker and make-up artist, and so the theatre felt like a second home to Jackie. Growing up, all she wanted to do was act. After graduating from local drama groups, she auditioned for the lead in Tony Richardson's film version of A Taste of Honey. Although she did not get the part, the audition did lead to two years of work at the Library Theatre in Manchester. In between roles, she worked as a temp, having studied shorthand and typing at her parents' insistence.[3]

Career

Lane made occasional appearances in BBC television and radio productions, including Anna Neagle's radio production of Wonderful Things in 1958,[4] with Charlie Drake in the TV production Grandad was a Wrestler in 1959,[5] and as a panelist on Juke Box Jury[6] in 1961. In 1961 she appeared in the TV show Z-Cars, and in 1963 landed the role of Rosemary Gray in the BBC soap opera Compact. [3]

In 1966 she got her big break on Doctor Who, playing Dodo Chaplet, alongside the Doctor's first incarnation, played by William Hartnell. Her character stumbled into the Tardis on Wimbledon Common, having mistaken it for a real police box. Her time on the show was short-lived, as the new producer did not renew her year's contract. Even so, she shot to fame and found herself still being interviewed about her time on the show three decades later. [3]

After leaving Doctor Who, Lane became tired of being typecast as Dodo-like characters, and fell out of love with acting. She owned an antiques company for six years, before setting up a voiceover agency, Ad Voice, representing Tom Baker, who played the Fourth Doctor. [3] She also represented Janet Fielding, who would play companion Tegan Jovanka, and managed another series regular, Nicholas Courtney.

She retired in 2000, but stayed busy by reading with children at a local primary school in Maida Vale.

In 2013, the BBC made a 'docudrama' called An Adventure in Space and Time, telling the story of the creation and early days of Doctor Who, as part of the programme's fiftieth anniversary celebrations. Lane appears as a character in the drama, played by Sophie Holt.[7] Lane made a rare TV appearance in 2013, passing along anniversary greetings in the Doctor Who: The Afterparty, celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who.

She died on 7 June 2021, at the age of 79, just over a month short of her 80th birthday.[8][9][3]

References

  1. ^ Myth Makers 24: Jackie Lane (VHS). Reeltime Pictures. 1992.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Shannon. "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Jackie Lane". Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Jackie Lane obituary". The Times. 28 June 2021.
  4. ^ "News Summary DOUBLE FEATURE". 28 June 1958. p. 51 – via BBC Genome.
  5. ^ "Charlie Drake: Grandad was a Wrestler". 22 February 1959. p. 12 – via BBC Genome.
  6. ^ "Juke Box Jury". 4 November 1961. p. 9 – via BBC Genome.
  7. ^ Foster, Chuck (22 February 2013). "An Adventure in Space and Time: Jackie Lane cast". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  8. ^ Griffin, Louise (23 June 2021). "Doctor Who actress Jackie Lane dies aged 79". Metro. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  9. ^ Laford, Andrea (23 June 2021). "Jackie Lane, Doctor Who's Dodo Chaplet, dies at 79". cultbox.co.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2021.