Janet says that her very first phone-call she took as an agent was for the part of Doctor Who. One of her clients, Paul McGann, went on to play the Doctor in the 1996 Television Movie.
Janet did Sylvester McCoy's read-through for the role of the Seventh Doctor with him.
The role of Tegan in Doctor Who was actually Janet Fielding's first television appearance.
In 2004, Janet attended the Fifteenth Anniversary of Gallifrey One convention, and donated some of her Doctor Who memorabilia to be auctioned in aid of the Afghan Women's Mission.
Janet worked for Marina Martin Associates, an agency that represented Paul McGann, the 8th Doctor.
Janet's final Doctor Who story was Resurrection of the Daleks.
Janet's first story on Doctor Who was Logopolis.
Janet provided commentaries for the DVD releases of Doctor Who stories: Logopolis, Earthshock, Resurrection of the Daleks, Castrovalva, The Visitation, Black Orchid, Warriors Of The Deep and Four To Doomsday.
Janet gave up acting to work for the pressure/lobbying group "Women in Film and Television." Janet was director of the UK chapter.
Janet Fielding: I'm on the board of Women In Film And Television and I ran it for the first four years. I was one of the people who set it up and I ran it for the first four years. I was angry about what was happening because I thought that, actually, just as you're beginning to learn what you're doing, know what you're doing, it's like somebody's turned the tap off. And that was true for women generally and still is much truer for the women than it is for the men. Much, much truer. And I was angry about it. And when I'm angry, I tend to do something about it. And… so I decided that the world needed to change.
Janet Fielding: (about her interview for Doctor Who) The producer, John Nathan-Turner, looked me up and down and asked how tall I was. I replied in my best Australian accent, "I'm five feet two, the minimum height for an airline hostess in Australia. I thought about being one once, so I checked it out." Then I took a breath. You see, I knew they were looking for an Australian air hostess in the series, and of course I was lying through my teeth - Australian air hostesses have to be much taller. I don't think he believed me, but I got the job!
Janet Fielding: I'm descended from convicts. I am, actually. My great-great-grandmother was transported for stealing two geese and her husband was transported for stealing a bolt of cloth. So, my family go back in Australia quite a long way.
Janet Fielding: (about Doctor Who) What happened was that it became family viewing, and the girls became something for the dads to watch, and that was told to you when you joined the programme in no uncertain terms.
(After Janet's departure from Doctor Who, it was announced that the next story would be filmed abroad)
Janet Fielding: Three years on that bloody show and I'm written out just before they go swanning off to Lanzarote! Isn't that great?
Janet Fielding: There is a difference between 'personality' and 'character'. Character and personality are not the same thing. Tegan was a personality- the kind of slightly grumpy, brash Australian- the Lucy in space. That's not a character. She wasn't well-served.
(describing the character of The Doctor)
Janet Fielding: Two hearts, no dick.
Janet Fielding: I'd had a small taste of fame with Doctor Who and that was enough. You have to have quite a thick skin, and I don't know that I'm very good at that. I kind of continued to act, but it wasn't really happening. I thought, 'I don't know if I want this enough.' I decided that it wasn't for me.
Janet Fielding: Political correctness - which is a pejorative term, unfortunately- doesn't spring from a cosmetic dressing-up of something; it springs from the purpose of the plot function that the character has. Who wants to identify with a woman who is stupid enough to climb a cliff in two-inch high-heels and a tight skirt?
Janet Fielding: I absolutely embrace the term feminist- completely and utterly. Look it up in the dictionary! It means that you believe in equal rights for women. Now, that belief comes in all sorts of guises. I happen to be the sort of feminist that, you know, wears a bra and mascara. It's not that I dislike men. I don't at all. They have their uses!