Doctor Who News Peter Capaldi shows former Doctor Who companion Janet Fielding the sights

Published on March 18th, 2014 | by Christian Cawley

Fandom Melts: Janet Fielding/Peter Capaldi Photographed

They say a picture tells a thousand stories; this one perhaps initiated a thousand fangasms. On Monday afternoon former Doctor Who companion Janet Fielding tweeted this surprising photo of herself with new star Peter Capaldi.

Naturally, fandom has begun speculating on a return for the Tegan Jovanka actress, last seen exiting the TARDIS in sour circumstances in 1984′s Resurrection of the Daleks (many Big Finish appearances since notwithstanding).

Describing her as the “mouth on legs”, Fielding nevertheless remained on the show for an immense 3 years, 1 month following her introduction in Logopolis, becoming the second longest-running companion in terms of continuous time (second to Frazer Hines’ Jame McCrimmon, and of course Nicholas Courtney and Lis Sladen’s semi-recurring appearances over the years).

So: is a return for Tegan on the cards?

(With thanks to Daren)


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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+.

30 Responses to Fandom Melts: Janet Fielding/Peter Capaldi Photographed

  1. Oh please, make it so! Have always loved Tegan.

  2. avatar Bradondo says:

    I would LOVE to see Tegan return! She’s one of my favorite companions!

    • avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

      Would love her to return!!!

  3. avatar Colin says:

    I think the two most likely possibilities for why Janet and Peter are together are: 1) it’s related to her charity work, or 2) Tegan’s returning to Who. Someone may have some other idea why the two of them would happen to be in the same place at the same time, and why Janet would tease us with a picture. That’s the best I can come up with. :)

    • avatar Kaiko Mikkusu says:

      She said “Time” with a capital T. So, propably Tegan (or somebody who looks a great deal like her) is returning to DW. Maybe we’ll have a full Tardis Team again? Clara-Barry-Tegan-12 Doc. Maybe add K9 and maybe another companion – perhaps an Alien that does not look completely human-looking like these pesky Adric, Nyssa, and Turlough – and we’re set.

      And now that Liz is dead of cancer, we need someone to replace her.

      (Ok, i know Janet is not an actress anymore, now she works as a charity worker, but you can have two jobs.)

      But if Time being capitalized is not meaningful, maybe they’re just plain gonna live together, or a vacation for two. Or a completely new DW-unrelated series that just happens to share actors with it, just like the Airzone Solution and EastEnders. Or it’s from that show where he plays Malcolm Tucker.

      (but it would be awesome if we had “the Tegan Jovanka adventures” or something like it.)

  4. avatar DonnaM says:

    I’d be very, very doubtful this heralds a return of Tegan anytime soon. Isn’t that something Mr Moffat would want to keep as quiet as possible, not see splashed all over the internet? It’s much more likely to be Ms Fielding’s just enjoying a visit to set – maybe in connection with a charity/publicity thing.

    It’s rather sweet whatever the reason!

    • avatar Jamie-42 says:

      Or is that what we are supposed to think…

    • avatar JoeW says:

      You’re not playing the numbers you’re playing the Moff. Did he just give us the good news or the bad news? Is it a bluff? Or a double-bluff? Or a triple-bluff!

  5. avatar drewboynton says:

    Are we sure that that’s actually Peter Capaldi with Janet in the photo? …he IS wearing sunglasses…

  6. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Whether or not this pic means something more. it would definitely be awesome if Tegan returned to Who. We’ve had Sarah Jane and Jo re-united with the Doctor, Tegan should be next. It would also be nice to see my favorite companion return: Ace.

  7. avatar calliarcale says:

    That would be very cool, and consistent with the fact the her only return to acting in recent years has been to play Tegan for Big Finish. It would be lovely to see more of her. She was definitely one of my favorite companions.

  8. avatar Neu 75 says:

    That is a very Teganesque hairstyle she’s got there…

  9. avatar dr jon says:

    The fifth Dr era is one of my favourite’s and loved Janet in the role of tegan.I hope she doe’s return to the role again even for one story. Happy days of long ago.

  10. avatar vortexter says:

    Brave Heart Tegan. I would love to see her return to the show. I cried real tears when she left the Tardis.

  11. avatar james says:

    I’d rather see Turlough, but this works.

  12. avatar Geoff says:

    I really liked her, both as a child and now watching the classic series again with my boys. I think she was genuinely assertive in a way female companions had rarely been before or after (classic series that is), Leela and Ace being the other exceptions. I get a bit fed up when people, and Peter Davison is guilty of this too…knock Tegan for being stroppy and say it didn’t work to have someone like that around. It would be nice if she was going to reappear. We all know Mr Moffats weakness for difficult but brilliant andattractive women and I think Janet Fielding is the definite article in Doctor Who circles so who knows?

  13. avatar Doc Whom says:

    Looks curiously similar to another photo in the same location.

  14. avatar Ian Scales says:

    Tegan was a favourite companion for me – loved her in stories like Enlightenment and Snakedance. It does seem odd for this photo to appear and as someone above said, her haircut is very early/late Tegan. Hope so.

    • avatar Simon Magellan says:

      Not sure I’ve ever seen her with any kind of haircut?

  15. avatar Ian Scales says:

    Oddly, the thread has been closed before it can even begin on GallifreyBase. Which surely is weird.

    • avatar Ian Scales says:

      It’s not gonna be another one of those tiresome midnight announcements, is it :)

      • TEGAN.

        She was so fun… to yell at. Loved her and Nyssa’s dynamic. Hope she comes back.


        Look at those shades. Capaldi has a civic duty to wear those shades as the Doctor. Just LOOK AT HIM.

    • Really?

      Pink Floyd

      oops, how did that happen?!

      • avatar Ian Scales says:

        Ha ha!

  16. avatar Jon Roberts says:

    I echo most of the above comments I would love to see Tegan back in an episode, she was and still is my favourite companion, might watch Black Orchid again just to see her do the charlston.

  17. avatar Isabella says:

    Would probably prefer a different companion, but any old companion coming back is always welcome, and most certainly awesome!

  18. avatar Simon Magellan says:

    As much as I liked Tegan I think we’d be much better off with new characters, new monsters and new villains – I’m a bit worried that we’re drifting towards the 1980s situation where stories were built around nostalgia rather than moving the show forward. And we know where that ended.

    So far we know we’ve Coal Hill school back, the Paternoster Street gang, rumours of The Master, The Rani, the 11th Doctor (already!), Daleks and now Tegan. We celebrated the series last year in its anniversary year – now lets move on and build for the next 50.

    (Having said all that, don’t think this is anything more than fans reading more into a photo than is there)

  19. avatar Kaiko Mikkusu says:

    If Tegan comes back, we might have School Reunion 2.0. If we have School Reunion 2.0 we might have “the Tegan insertmiddlenamehere Jovanka Adventures”. (maybe “Mouth on Legs” LITERALLY IS her middle name. “the Tegan Mouth-On-Legs Jovanka adventures” could sound… uh.) If we get “Tegan Adventures” spinoff, we also might get Adric\Nyssa\Turlough. (Maybe Nyssa can give humanoids the kiss of life and revives Adric?)

  20. Who knows what it means, could just be some charity work as some suggested. I would be cool for the Doctor to run into Tegan again, in a School Reunion type of situation, or maybe one of those Children in Need minisodes, though. She left on such a sour note, I felt like they owe it to everyone to see some of that resolved.

  21. avatar Tom Fink says:

    Tegan was never a favorite of mine but it would still be nice to see what happened to her after her travels with the Doc and for some closure, given the (negative) nature of her departure from the TARDIS.

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