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Jackie Lane (1941–2021), “Doctor Who” actress

by Linnea Crowther

Jackie Lane was an English actress best known for playing Dorothea “Dodo” Chaplet, the First Doctor’s companion, on “Doctor Who.”

Acting career

Lane appeared on “Doctor Who” in 1966, starring alongside William Hartnell as the First Doctor. She was the eighth person to play a companion, the men and women who travel alongside the Doctor as friends and assistants. Lane starred in 19 episodes during the show’s third season. She also appeared on TV shows including “Coronation Street” and “Compact,” as well as joining the 2013 special “Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty.” In later years, Lane headed an acting agency’s voiceover department.

Notable quote

“Dodo was very much a Sixties character – I think I was one of the first girls on television to wear a mini-skirt. Because I am so small, it was quite difficult to find trendy clothes in my size, but I selected this Dylan cap and that really started the character off for me.” –from a 1988 interview

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Full obituary: Yahoo! News

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