Doc­tor Who must keep re­gen­er­at­ing, says the Time Lord’s for­mer com­pan­ion

Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - YOUR TV WEEK - FRAZER HINES

For more than 50 years Doc­tor Who has been a part of mil­lions of peo­ple’s lives. Chil­dren who grew up with the ex­cite­ment of gath­er­ing as a fam­ily to watch it on a Satur­day evening now in­tro­duce it to their chil­dren. That’s why de­ci­sions made about this Bri­tish TV in­sti­tu­tion are hugely im­por­tant. So many peo­ple care pas­sion­ately, and as the Doc­tor’s long­est-serv­ing com­pan­ion I’m one of them.

In my view the re­cent cast­ing of Jodie Whit­taker as the first fe­male Time Lord is a bril­liant and bold move by the show’s pro­duc­ers, and I can’t wait to see how she’ll play this iconic role.

But ac­tu­ally, I’m more in­ter­ested in what the show might an­nounce next – the new Doc­tor’s as­sis­tant. At the time of writ­ing Bradley Walsh is ru­moured to be Jodie’s new com­pan­ion, break­ing the run of many fe­male com­pan­ions. I agree with lots of fans that Jodie’s cast­ing has opened the Tardis door for a male as­sis­tant, so I hope the ru­mour is true. Bradley’s shown he can act in Corona­tion Street and Law & Or­der: UK, and I’m sure he’d do a great job help­ing to save the uni­verse every week – a job I did all those years ago.

I joined in 1966 and my first episode was called The High­landers. My char­ac­ter was Jamie McCrim­mon and when the Doc­tor came across me it was 1746 and I was part of the Ja­co­bite re­bel­lion in Scot­land. It’s amaz­ing that, years later, Jamie ac­tu­ally be­came the in­spi­ra­tion for au­thor Diana Ga­bal­don’s Jamie Fraser, the hero of the hit TV se­ries Out­lander.

I was the sec­ond Doc­tor Pa­trick Troughton’s com­pan­ion for three years and ap­peared in 120 episodes – a record I don’t think will be beaten – and they were the hap­pi­est of my ca­reer. The pro­gramme was so pop­u­lar then that every Mon­day, at work or in the school play­ground, peo­ple would talk about Satur­day’s episode.

The new show has a huge bud­get we could never have dreamed of, but we still man­aged to cre­ate some great sets. I re­mem­ber London Trans­port once com­plain­ing when they thought we’d bro­ken into Covent Gar­den un­der­ground sta­tion to film be­cause it looked so real­is­tic on screen.

In 1969 Pa­trick re­gen­er­ated into Jon Per­twee and I left and joined Em­merdale be­cause a show like Doc­tor Who can’t stay the same for too long and has to change and move with the times. That’s what they’ve done in ap­point­ing a fe­male Doc­tor, and I think that for her to have a male com­pan­ion would be out of this world – of course, there’s al­ways an aged High­lander avail­able! Hines Sight: The Life And Loves Of One Of Bri­tain’s Favourite Sons is pub­lished by Te­los, £12.99.

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