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Published on March 5th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

Bonnie’s Looking for Who!

Bonnie Langford fancies a return to Doctor Who...Carrot juice indeed! Former Doctor Who companion and Kasterborous favourite Bonnie Langford has recently revealed that she would like to return to the time travelling adventures of Doctor Who.

For those of you unavailable for television viewing duties in the 1980s, the one-time Dancing on Ice contestant (which given her talent as a triple threat she should really have won) played Mel Bush, introduced to the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) with no introduction in the rambling and disastrous Trial of a Time Lord series before the endless spoon playing frolics sent her into near insanity and into the arms of con man Sabalom Glitz, leaving the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) to leave the past behind and create a warrior out of Ace.

The thcweamer – whose talent in that area lead to her knocking out a show of alarm in part one of Terror of the Vervoids in the same note as the closing credits “sting” – reckons that her one-dimensional character would now be “more rounded”.

Let’s face it, for a computer programmer from Pease Pottage, Mel was dull enough. It wouldn’t take much more than a nail file to make her more rounded.

Recently asked by This Is Jersey if she had any interest in reviving Mel Bush, Bonnie more or less said yes. Clearly she’s been watching The Sarah Jane Adventures…

“I’d love it because I might get a few lines other than, ‘Oh Doctor!’ That was what I was always like. Now the companions are rounded characters, which is always so much more fun to play. But I had a good time doing it.”

We don’t think there is much chance of this dancing, singing and acting British institution from making the transition back from stage to screen, less so to the TARDIS. Fortunately Bonnie is busy (she’s currently taking part in the UK’s biggest dance event Move It) working so isn’t expecting a call from The Grand Moff by the time you read the end of this article. In fact, she seems happy to leave it as another memory in her long career.

“I have good memories of the people I worked with. The show used to attract an amazing cast. When you look all the notable people who’ve been guests on that programme over the years, it’s quite extraordinary. It’s a legend, a national treasure.”

What do you think? Could Steven Moffat reinvent Mel Bush, or is she best left as Sabalom Glitz’s conscience?


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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+.

7 Responses to Bonnie’s Looking for Who!

  1. avatar Krumstets says:

    Well why not give her another go….we know so little of her characters backstory. A more mature Mel in a well scripted story could be interesting. . ….minus the Schweaming…

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Being forced to think about Mel again, it made me realize that Ace was probably the only decent companion from the entirety of the 1980′s. Mel, like most of the rest from the JNT era were badly miscast. I can’t blame Bonnie though, a job’s a job.

    All that being said, the Moff did say that the next companion would come from the last place we would expect. (!) and the 1980′s is certainly the last place I’D expect…

    • avatar Krumstets says:

      Maybe with the better scripts and improved production values that we enjoy now maybe Mel could come back.
      A more mature , less squeamish character. More of her back story could be told?
      The same could be said for any of the classic series companions I suppose.
      I think Bonnie was given a raw deal, lets give her another chance….

  3. avatar TonyS says:

    There seems to have been a rumour on Twitter that Peri would be coming back. Nicola Bryant has denied this though. Difficult to know how Steven Moffatt might reimagine Mel. Start from square zero perhaps?

  4. avatar CastellanSpandrel says:

    Replace ‘conscience’ with ‘concubine’ and you’re there!

  5. avatar stlshawn says:

    I’m not sure myself. I really thought the beginning of Sara Jane’s time with the doctor was also a bit too light, but it was fleshed out with the general slower,,, but definate,, pace of the stories. That’s a story the character of Mel did not have.

    The confusing, and round-about-freaky-funky-rainbow-goovy-carnival style of the mid and late 80′s really did not do well for a show based on great writing. Episodes of the time really did not give well to the development of characters. Even McCoy’s doctor lost his subtle undercurrent of darkness. Anything not loud and bold would have been lost in the age of bright colors, over acting, and glitz (pun intended). The show just became too much a sign of the times,, it tried to dazzle us with colors and sparklies and the great stories got lost in the noise.

    Every episode i watch from that era seems like it was all such a good idea, but then got “sexed up” for the times. Let’s face it,,,, if Harry Potter was made in the same era, the movies would have bright dayglow orange robes and neon signs all over the smooth glistening walls of Hogwarts,,, and i’m sure the soundtrack would have been synthesizers whaling in the background. (I just got a strange picture of Ron Weasly with a Kid-n-Play haircut pants).

    Let’s just face it,,,, at the time it was not about mood or character development,,, it was about lighting up the screen with as much color and action as our eyes could take. Unfortunately, DW just got sucked into the times.

    I’d like to see Mel back in this more “geek driven” era of Who. I’d like to see him “Bump” into Mel again,,, even if just for a moment.

  6. avatar Alex James says:

    try the BIG FINISH audio range

    i didn’t believe it either, but if you are an fortysomething lifelong fan like me, and you didn’t enjoy what jnt did with the series, the 80s doctors and companions are totally redeemed – even mel

    there are some bad patches early on, but they get much better as they go

    not affiliated with them in any way, just saying – they’re worth a go

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