Carole Ann Ford would “adore” a Doctor Who return as Susan

Carole Ann Ford, the actor who played the original companion in Doctor Who, Susan Foreman, has said she’d “adore” a return to the show should she be given a chance as part of Russell T Davies’ tenure as showrunner.

Ford, who played Susan Foreman, the Doctor’s granddaughter from 1963 to 1964 appeared in the very first episode of Doctor Who, An Unearthly Child, opposite First Doctor William Hartnell. She appeared throughout the entire first season of Doctor Who and for several serials in the second season. After leaving the TV series as a regular, Foreman returned as a character for the 20th Anniversary special The Five Doctors in 1983.

However, with Doctor Who now in its 60th anniversary year and Russell T Davies always keen to being classic Who into the modern era, many fans are keen to see a return of Susan Foreman in the near future – and it turns out that Carole Ann Ford is more than up for it.

“That’s amazing, I’m absolutely flabbergasted. I’m very honoured!” Ford told Radio Times after being told that she had been polled as the companion readers would most like to see back in the series.

And would she be keen to return? “Are you kidding?! Do you really have to ask? I’d love to be in it as it is now! I’d love to experience all the money they spend on it now – it’s done like a film! I would adore to be in it now.”

She went on to explain why she believed the character of Susan resonated so well with the Whovian fanbase: “The idea of her, what I was told after I got the part, was she would be the eyes and ears of the young people watching it, that her reaction would be the perceived reactions of them, so therefore they would probably identify with her.”

Adding: “She was unique because she was the Doctor’s granddaughter, which gave her a special relationship with him.”

Doctor Who returns to TV screens in November 2023 with three 60th anniversary specials starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor. The episodes will also feature guest appearances from Catherine Tate as Donna Noble, Yasmin Finney as Rose and Neil Patrick Harris as an unnamed enemy causing problems for the Doctor and his pals.

Following this, Doctor Who will introduce the Fifteenth Doctor played by Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa around the festive season of 2023. He will be joined by Millie Gibson who is to play his companion Ruby Sunday. Season 14 of Doctor Who is to play out in 2024 and will be the first full season of the sci-fi show to be make under a new deal between the BBC and Disney to make Disney+ the streaming home of the programme across the globe.