Louise Jameson is one of those people who just radiates kindness and joy. The first time we met was in Manchester at the very sadly now-defunct Lass O’Gowrie pub, ahead of a performance that evening at the Lowry theatre. In hindsight, I can’t recall now whether or not I let her know that when I poked into the used bookstore later that afternoon, I found an impressive collection of Target novelisations, and all adventures featuring Leela, whom lovely Louise brought brilliantly to life opposite Tom Baker’s Doctor on television, and subsequently on audio with Big Finish, both as companion again to the Fourth Doctor, and in the series Gallifrey, which may well be my very favourite thing about the Doctor Who world. She’s also a highly accomplished outside the realm of Who, with credits such as Tenko, Bergerac, and The Omega Factor under her belt, as well as a stint on Eastenders, and many appearances in the theatre. Recently, she’s also lent her voice to the character of Jackie in the wonderful Big Finish adaptation of Survivors.
I first met Jameson just ahead of the release of what was to be the sixth and final series of Gallifrey. Lamenting its end, I told her I would miss it when it was finished. She suggested I write more. Oh, how very tempting!
(And yes, Louise, Gary DID give me the biggest hug when I showed him that Leela-and-Narvin-are-the-best-friends-ever tshirt of mine.)