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Doctor Who Magazine’s TARDIS tin contains 120 tantalising, taxing and trivial questions. Each interviewee must answer a random selection…

Janet Fielding

Janet Fielding as plucky air hostess Tegan Jovanka in a publicity shot from Logopolis (1981).

Janet Fielding – who played Australian air hostess Tegan in the early 1980s – has invited us to her flat. “It looks like Dracula’s seaside castle,” she explains in advance, aptly describing the building where she lives. We press the buzzer and a heavy front door is released to let us in. Janet greets us on the other side with a confident smile. The windows in her spacious sitting room look out across the seafront. Despite the grey and drizzly weather, it’s an impressive view.

Janet disappears into her kitchen for a few moments before emerging with a plate of fancy chocolate biscuits and two mugs of tea. Refreshments on hand, our attention turns to the TARDIS tin…

Which day of your life would you most like to relive?

Well it depends for what: relive in order to change or relive in order to just simply relive? Good point! Let’s go with to relive because you really enjoyed it. It would be the day we were out west in Queensland touring. We were out on the Savanna grasslands and there were these volcanic cores sticking up out of the plain. We stopped the vehicles and just stood there for about an hour or so and watched the sunset. Nobody said a word. We just stood there – and it was magical. That was with a group called Popular Theatre Troupe. We used to bring an English writer/director called Albert Hunt out to Australia to work with us – that’s how I came to the UK, by bringing one of his plays to England. So we did The Roundhouse and Oval House Theatre and toured it around. Ken Campbell, who had the Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool, came to see the show and offered me work. He was the one director that I really wanted to meet when I came to England. And so I ended up staying. I came for three months and here I am, 40 years later.

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From scenes which didn't make the final cut to characters who were completely edited out... Issue 525 of Doctor Who Magazine brings you the best bits of Doctor Who you never got to see! Doctor Who Magazine 525 also includes: • An interview with Will Oswald, an editor on Doctor Who from 2007 to 2017 • DWM chats to Michelle Ryan about the return of her character Lady Christina de Souza • The Time Team returns - and they've regenerated! • Out of the TARDIS with Janet Fielding, who played 80s companion Tegan • A look back at the ways new Doctors have been introduced to the public • Jamie Lenman's cosplay quest to recreate the Fourth Doctor's scarf • Part Two of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2009 Tenth Doctor story Planet of the Dead • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!