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This review is from: Doctor Who: Ace Adventures - Dragonfire / The Happiness Patrol [DVD]  (DVD)
This is one Dr Who period when the doctor wasnt the standout performer. Sylvester McCoy was a fairly good doctor and quite amusing, but in my opinion the star of these later episodes of the 'older' doctor was Ace aka Sophie Aldred.
Ace was one of the toughest but spunkiest and well developped companions in Dr Who history and its sad that she never had the opportunity to star alongside Tom Baker or Jon Pertwee or even Peter Davidson. In my mind, after Tom Baker's companion, the pre-Xena warrior, Leela, Ace was the next best of the 'older companions.
Used to love Ace's tough girl, self sufficient style, again more like an urban gang girl than a sweet Ms Prissy. It was perhaps a time when women were beginning to be seen as tougher and more resilient people, thanks in part to Ripley in Alien and Aliens.
But Ace retained as well that feminine charm, as she blew up yet another building or bad guy, that was so very appealing. She gave the old Who a late summer before its demise and remains for me one the Who world's favourite characters.
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2012 19:20:41 BDT
Have to agree with you on that one! The introduction of Ace really made those final years work and not just for her action packed stunts and grit - she had a real story behind - a very human one. Great pity it was never resolved/ended on screen. Perhaps in the show's 50th year...?
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