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    • Sophie was guest editor for one edition of Doctor Who Magazine: she edited Issue 255, which was published in August 1997.

    • Sophie won a Blue Peter badge in 1971, when she was eleven years old. She wore it on the black leather jacket she wore as Ace.

    • In a 2008 poll with SFX Magazine Doctor Who Special Sophie's Doctor Who character Ace McShane ranked Number 4 for Best Companion.

    • In February 2008 Sophie attended a convention in Norfolk to meet fan to talk about her past experiences on Doctor Who.

    • Sophie voiced the character of Dr. Cockcroft in 'The Curse of Tutancommon', the first episode of the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Ectoplasm (which first aired in 2000).

    • Sophie has appeared as Gretel in a production of Engelbert Humperdinck's opera version of Hansel And Gretel.

    • Sophie played Marjorie Pinchwife in the 1993 West End production of Lust, a musical version of William Wycherley's 1675 Restoration comedy The Country Wife.

    • In 1998, Sophie played the role of Miranda in the made-for-CD audio dramatization of the novel Beyond the Sun, part of Big Finish Productions' Adventures of Bernice Summerfield series (which is an audio spin-off of Doctor Who).

    • Sophie can play the trumpet.

    • Sophie has conversational French.

    • In addition to working in television and on stage, Sophie is also a voiceover artist (represented by Sue Terry Voices) and has voiced adverts for AmbiPur.

    • In 1998, Sophie appeared in a video called Lust In Space in which Doctor Who was placed on trial for charges of sexism.

    • During the writing of the 1989 season of Doctor Who, Sophie was given an opportunity to talk to the writers about the development of her character. Three of the four stories of this season- Ghost Light, The Curse Of Fenric and Survival- focus heavily on the character of Ace.

    • Sophie frequently appears at Doctor Who conventions and attended the Galaxion '99 and Nebula '90 events.

    • When Sophie first auditioned for Doctor Who, she believed it was for the part of Ray in Delta And The Bannermen. It was only later she discovered it was for the Doctor's new companion.

    • Sophie is a trained soprano with a voice range of three-and-a-half octaves.

    • Sophie's first professional engagement was as a singer in working men's clubs, in order to get her Equity card.

    • During the filming of the Doctor Who serial Battlefield, Sophie was trapped in an enclosed space that was filling with water. As she hit the side of the tank, it cracked, causing minor cuts to her hands and creating a major hazard as water flooded out onto the studio floor.

    • Sophie reprised her role as Ace for the 1993 Children In Need special Dimensions In Time.

    • Sophie's first Doctor Who story was Dragonfire.

    • Sophie hosts the 'Antimatter from Amsterdam' featurette included on the Arc Of Infinity DVD.

    • Sophie has recorded DVD commentaries for Remembrance Of The Daleks, Battlefield, Ghost Light, The Curse Of Fenric and Survival.

    • Before she was cast as Ace, she had learned to ride a motorcycle and was delighted when she learned she would have to ride one in the series.

    • She co-wrote a book on her character Ace called Ace: The Inside Story Of The End Of An Era with Mike Tucker in 1996.

    • Sophie married Vince Henderson on July 12, 1997. She has two sons, William and Adam.

  • Quotes

    • Sophie Aldred: I've questioned myself a lot about the way that Doctor Who finished, the way I coped with it. The experience has given me an important lesson: never trust this business. You can never know what's going to happen to you and your career. It's slightly worrying on one hand but incredibly exciting on the other.

    • Sophie Aldred: I'm always interested in what happens with Doctor Who because I do feel very passionate about it still. I loved playing my character and I really love the whole kind of family atmosphere.

    • Sophie Aldred: My friendship with Sylvester- that's very important to me. The way we hit it off immediately made everything such fun. He taught me something very important: acting is not just a question of learning lines and not bumping into the monsters. It's actually questioning what you're doing all the time.

    • Sophie Aldred: (On acting with Sylvester McCoy) Yeah. It was one of those lucky things really. We just very much got on from the moment we met. We shared a similar-ish background; I was an ex-radical feminist student with hairy armpits, and he really liked that. A bit rebellious, and he'd come from this very subversive background with his Ken Campbell roadshow. And don't forget that Margaret Thatcher was our Prime Minister, which we weren't very happy with at the time. So it was all a real bonding process.

    • Sophie Aldred: (On the thought of reprising the role of Ace for the new series of Doctor Who) I'd love it, it would be so exciting.

      I'd love to have another go at some point, but I can see it was totally right that Lis went back to do her bit and I'm so delighted for her that she's going on to do the Sarah Jane Adventures.

      I think it so fantastic for children to have an older female role model – where else can you find that. An exciting, adventurous older woman on children's telly, it's so brilliant.

      I thought the episode that she did [School Reunion], the story summed it up for all the assistants.

    • Sophie Aldred: (On Remembrance of the Daleks) Smoke was billowing out of these tunnels and the police, we could hear the sirens coming, and they jumped out of their cars and then the smoke cleared and these Daleks appeared from under the bridge – can you imagine the police faces as the Daleks came out. And my real claim to fame is that I beat up a Dalek with a baseball bat! Nobody had ever done that and nobody has done it since. It was really amazing to do that stunt sequence.

    • (On Ace being more assertive compared to other companions)
      Sophie Aldred: You couldn't have said a nicer thing. I was a real tomboy when I was growing-up. I really understood the character of Ace.
      Twenty years ago there were no equivalent young female roles on television who were doing realistic, down-to-earth, tomboyish things. I think there was Susan Tully on EastEnders, but I can't think of any others – so it was very exiting for me to do that part and get such great feedback from the public about having somebody realistic to see on the screen. Still now I meet women who say, 'You were such a hero of mine. I loved the way you were so strong,' and all that sort of thing – so I'm very proud to have played a character like that.

    • (On how she got the part of Ace on Doctor Who)
      Sophie Aldred: John Nathan Turner said afterwards he saw me because on the back of my publicity photo it says,'Has own leathers!'.

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