Maureen Lipman

  1. Sue Jones-Davis, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, 1979.       Auditioned for Judith.
  2. Ingrid Pitt, Doctor Who #130: Warriors of The Deep, 1984.     The nine potential faces of Dr Solow were: Pitt, Lipman, Honor Blackman, Eleanor Bron, Diane Keen, Rula Lenska (she became Dr Styles in #133: Resurrection of the Daleks), Bond Girl Pamela Salem, Sylvia Syms, Wanda Ventham (mother of Benedict Cumberbatch) and Fiona Walker. Not the happiest of Whoverse shoots – and not just because Doc5 Peter Davison folllowed Doc2 Patrick Troughton’s golden rule. Three seasons and out.
  3. Rula Lenska, Doctor Who #133: Resurrection of the Daleks, TV, 1984.       Fourteen ladies, including four Bond Girls and a future M (Honor Blackman, Jenny Hanley, Joanna Lumley, Pamela Salem and Judi Dench) were in the melting pot for Dr Styles Also listed: Lipman, Polly Adams, Eleanor Bron, Rachel Davies, Diane Keen, Kate O’Mara, Jacqueline Pearce, Sheila Ruskin, Fiona Walker and Penelope Wilton. Lipman finally joined the Whoverse – for half a day! – as The Wire opposite Doc10 David Tennant in #173: The Idiot’s Lantern, 2006… some 22 years later!
  4. Faith Brown, Doctor Who #137: Attack of the Cybermen, TV, 1985.      The widow of top UK screen scenarist Jack Rosenthal was offered Flast in the (unpopular) Doc6 Colin Baker’s episode with the highest body count – 55.

 Birth year: Death year: Other name: Casting Calls:  4