This is Susan Foreman - the Doctor's very first companion. Well, really not just his companion but also his granddaughter. When the TARDIS breaks down in 1963, she spends several months enrolled at the local Coal Hill comprehensive school...until she accidentally lures teachers Ian and Barbara back home to the TARDIS, and into their adventures. I wonder if she knew that the school was being used as an alien base (for Daleks)?
Susan was more knowledgeable than her youth would have her appear, but could be extremely naïve on many occasions.
Format: Digital painting.
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^alicexz is an awesome artist. If you haven't seen her art already, where have you been living?
Cool! She seems to be my most-faved commission.
Which is strange - given how many Nu-Who fans there are, my Nu-Who commissions are way less popular. xD
1) You did a very good job with this.
2) Classic Who fans are very happy that someone remembers Susan.
3) She's impossibly adorable.
As for her character otherwise, yes she was intelligent but they balanced that with a little naivete at times...and the weak telepathic powers, correct me if I'm wrong but weren't they only mentioned in one story (specifically, The Sensorites), and then never referred to again?
Between getting handed the sucky role, and then finding it a lot hard to get other roles because the world saw her as Susan forevermore, her time as companion was not good to Ms. Ford, and it was so short for a reason. However, she seems to have gotten over it, 'cause she's Susan again in the audio stories. Of course, it's a version of Susan who's much more like the way the role was described to her. So anyone who heard the Doctor's granddaughter was the first companion, checked out the old episodes to see her, and said "WTF?!" can see her - well, hear her at least - as you'd expect her to be.
Best part: You know how the old series Master was a withered zombie-looking horror when he returned during Tom Baker years? They said he was at the end of his final regeneration, making it sound like it's just plain old age.
Well, it wasn't. But we know what exactly happened to him now. And her name is Susan.
Susan was the reason that Delgado!Master became the rotting corpse facetiously referred to as crispy!Master? What the heck did she do that turned him into...that?? O_O
The one other thing that I do know about Susan, or at least about Ms. Ford, is that for the many years since the time when she played Susan on the telly, she gets extremely upset whenever fans refer to her as the Doctor's first companion. She was not the Doctor's companion, she was his granddaughter. I don't know if Ms. Ford still makes this distinction anymore - I think she may have given up on that after so many years - but she certainly used to.
Yes, Susan in the movies was a much younger child - Roberta Tovey was 12 when she played the role of Susan who, but the character was probably meant to be even younger than that - but the characterisation and background of Susan, and everybody else, was completely different as well. Barbara being Susan's sister (and therefore also Dr Who's granddaughter) for one thing, and Ian being Barbara's klutzy boyfriend for another, not to mention the human Dr Who building T.A.R.D.I.S in his backyard! xD
And reading it again, it's actually more complicated than that. The change is apparently for the audio prorgrams (Zombie Master Actor gets to play Delgado Master, set up by the retcon that it's not a new regeneration but a damaged version of the same form.) but happened in a book. The wiki's explanation:
- If you concentrate only on televised Doctor Who, you'll probably be confused by the history of the Master presented here. A key concept of the character comes from the novel, Legacy of the Daleks, which explains that the Doctor's granddaughter Susan turned the TCE on the Delgado Master in his TARDIS — and it fried him. Extra crispy. All ready for his adventure in The Deadly Assassin. So Peter Pratt is actually playing the ravaged form of Delgado. And really Anthony Ainley is playing the combination of Delgado with Tremas. But then in most Big Finish audios comes a Master who's had the Tremas side of him removed in Dust Breeding. That means that the Delgado Master is back on Big Finish — but played by Geoffrey Beevers, who played him in The Keeper of Traken.
But still. Susan made him extra crispy and the story in which it happens is relevant to material still being produced.
And I don't see making the distinction with 'companion' vs. granddaughter. After all, being a companion is a role in the show that a character has with the Doctor; a relative can become a companion and it doesn't make her any less his granddaughter. (And when we go overboard with the timey-wimeyness, a companion can become a relative!)
The movies were very different from canon, but I really enjoy the cooler Susan and the fact that a Dalek invasion gets to look much more impressive. Also the pacing; the old series is bad at killing time to fill a certain episode count. More than a few times they had a good story but not enough story to fill the length of the serial, hence padding that takes away from the experience. Trim off the fat and beef up the budget and two decent serials become summer blockbuster-worthy if you can take the altered details in stride. I really wish there'd been more.
Well yes, a lot of people don't make the distinction between companions and Susan being the Doctor's granddaughter. Apparently though, Carole-Ann got rather snippy with called her character a companion, possibly because she felt that they were relegating her role to being "just another companion like all the others" when she was more than that. I dunno, that bit's just conjecture on my part.
You're right of course, some stories suffered horribly from padding (usually up to an episode or even more of it), to fill out the pre-determined ep count per serial. Some stories, on the other hand, felt somewhat cut short due to being written for, say, 6 episodes and then cut to 5. One of my own favourite "guilty pleasures", actually, suffers from both problems simultaneously! xD That serial in question between "The Dominators" which was originally scheduled for 6 episodes after another story fell through, but then cut to 5 when the guys at the top realised they didn't have enough material for 6 episodes (so they gave the extra episode to the start of "The Mind Robbers", which resulted in its own filler episode in the white voidspace). Unfortunately, they underestimated the amount of filler in Dominators, which still felt rather padded even at only 5 eps long, and could've possibly been cut down to 4. Oh well.
The 2 unrelated Cushing movies were great, and although they are quite popular with Dr Who fans now, they weren't very popular at the time. Well, Dr Who and the Daleks was fairly popular, but then Daleks: Invasion Earth - 2150 AD got released and apparently did rather poorly in cinemas everywhere. I recall reading somewhere that there had actually been plans to continue with more movies of Cushing as Who based on each of the subsequent Dalek stories, and so the third movie would've been based on "The Chase" and the fourth would've been "Daleks' Masterplan"- which I feel would've both been really interesting ones to put up on the big screen. But by all accounts, the poor showing of Dalek Invasion caused them to rethink this idea and the third movie was shelved - indefinitely, as it turned out.
I wish I could get my hands on more of 'em. It's where 90% of the Eighth Doctor's career is, after all! With only things like that to tide fans over between the 90s movie and the new series, I bet there are as many fans who consider the voice of Paul McGann the "one true Doctor" as there are people who'd say the same of Tom Baker or David Tennant.
...they risk their lives if they say it out loud. But I bet they think it.
Although there are other Whovian-created theories that suggest Susan may not directly be the Doctor's granddaughter, but the granddaughter of The Other, and that the Doctor is somewhat of a re-incarnation of The Other in a completely fresh life (The Other being the third guy who worked with Rassilon and Omega). But I don't think that makes much sense, or matters much anyways.
Excuse my rambling.