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Published on October 6th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Get Well Soon, Jean Marsh!

Television legend and former Doctor Who companion Jean Marsh has recently been unwell following a minor stroke.

The actress – Sara Kingdom in the epic 1960s adventure The Daleks’ Master Plan – had been due to start filming the second series of the revived Upstairs Downstairs, a series which she conceived with Eileen Atkins back in the 1970s. Playing maid Rose Buck earned Jean Marsh several Emmy nominations throughout the original run of the popular series.

Sadly her appearances in the new series have been curtailed, with shooting due to begin next week for a Spring broadcast.

While you might think that her association with Doctor Who ended in 1965, you couldn’t be more wrong. In recent years she has repeatedly returned to the character of Space Security Agent Sara Kingdom (sister of Bret Vyon who was played in the adventure by Nicholas Courtney) in a number of guises with Big Finish, from trying to change time to prevent Mavic Chen’s actions in The Dalek’s Master Plan (only to cause them) in Guardian of the Solar System to finding a sentient house, becoming its soul and then being reincarnated long after the death of the original Sara Kingdom in her subsequent appearances in the Companion Chronicles series.

It’s all fascinating stuff; Big Finish have really made the best of this talented actress!

We’re sure you’ll join with us as we send all of our best wishes to Ms Marsh.


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

6 Responses to Get Well Soon, Jean Marsh!

  1. avatar Alex says:

    This is very troubling news indeed. I hope the stroke is indeed minor and she’s back at it before long! (BTW she wasn’t just Sara Kingdom; she also guest starred in the classic Hartnell story The Crusade and the McCoy-era Battlefield, so her association with the show is a long one). Get well soon!

  2. avatar Paddy says:

    I wouldn’t think her association with Doctor Who stopped in 1965 even if I didn’t know about the Big Finish stuff – you can’t forget her great performance as Morgaine in “Battlefield” (quite nice that she was in both Nick Courtney’s first and last stories in Who, if you count Mission to the Unknown as part of Master Plan).

    Best wishes to her and her family.

  3. avatar zarbisupremo says:

    She was also Jon Pertwee’s first wife.

    Get well soon, Jean !

  4. avatar Andrew says:

    Get well soon Jean. Been listening to her BF audios lately, and they are great.

    Can someone enlighten me as to Jean’s connection and photo there with Karen Gillan? wonder if they talked Who?

    • Obviously I left a few things out just so you lot could put me right :) Knew I could trust you all!

      I *think*, judging by Karen’s attire, that this is from the Radio Times covers party, but I could be wrong.

  5. avatar Mal (female) says:

    Oh I am sooo very sorry to hear about poor Jean Marsh. She is a brilliant actress and her portrayal of Rose in Upstairs Downstairs in the 70s was unsurpassable. She was the backbone of the entire series, so sweet, so innocent.

    Now with the return of the new series she has made us all fall in love with Rose all over again.

    Please hurry and get well Jean, your country needs you!!!!!!!!!

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