Sophie Aldred Interview

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At this year’s Manchester MCM Comic Con I had the privilege of interviewing Sophie Aldred, best known as Ace from Doctor Who. We had a chat about her career, her obscure roles, audiobooks and other avenues. Enjoy!

Sophie.AldredJKC: I am here with Sophie Aldred! You are most famous for your role as ‘Suzie’ on Eastenders in 1993.

SA: [laughs]

JKC: How did it feel to play such an iconic role?

SA: Oh it was marvelous! It’s funny you should say, because I only did two episodes, and it was an interesting character to delve into and I got to meet a lot of new people. So it was a good experience, yes, I’m glad someone remembers it!

JKC: You’ve also done a lot of audiobooks, especially Jacqueline Wilson.

SA: Yes I have! I enjoy it a lot, I do, but it’s hard work! You can be in the recording for hours at a time, just sitting down and it’s exhausting. But I do love it. I love doing the voices.

JKC: Sylvester was quite famous for doing voices, did he give you any tips?

SA: [laughs] No! No, I’ve always been doing silly voices, ever since I was a kid, I love it. So, to get to do it as my job is brilliant.

Sarah Jane AdventuresJKC: I’ve read that Russell T Davis planned to have you appear in The Sarah Jane Adventures.

SA: He had, yes! It was going to be an episode where I would turn up at Sarah Jane’s house and I’d be in sort of a smart suit and wearing shades, but he said it wouldn’t be long before I was hitting Daleks with baseball bats again.

JKC: So, Ace’s story has moved on quite a bit in the Big Finish Audio Adventures. We’ve had a few submitted questions asking ‘What’s next for Ace on Gallifrey?’

SA: I can’t tell you, no! Sorry! It’s absolutely top secret, but you’ll love it! It’s very privileged information.

JKC: And another submitted question – Who is better, Sylvester McCoy or Peter Capaldi?

SA: Oh Sylvester, definitely! Well, you’re always most fond of the Doctor you grew up with, or knew best, and Sylvester was mine. But I love them all and what I think is so wonderful is that they are all so different and that’s what makes them so special.

JKC: Can you tell us about what you’re working on now?

SA: Yes, I will just mention Strangeness In Space – it’s a new audio adventure comedy. It’s completely funded by fans and is completely free. It’s a mini series and I star in it. It’s all outer space-y and cool.

Strangeness in Space

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Joel Cornah
Joel Cornah is an author, journalist, and blogger. He is the author of a number of novels and novellas including; The Sea-Stone Sword, The Spire of Frozen Fire and The Silent Helm, with the upcoming novel The Sky Slayer, expected some time in 2016. He is an editor for The Science-Fiction and Fantasy Network, head of the Doctor Who department, and member of the Tolkien Society. He is a frequent blogger for the Pack of Aces blog, focussing on issues of Asexuality in media, specialising in sci-fi and fantasy.