Diane Keen

  1. Tara Ward, Doctor Who #130: Warriors of The Deep, 1984.      For Doc5 Peter Davison’s finale, 18 stunners were shuffled for Preston… Keen, Watd, Lynda Bellingham, Sarah Berger, Isla Blair, Suzanne Danielle, Patricia Finnegan, Jenny Hanley, Diane Keen, Rula Lenska (Dr Styles in #133: Resurrection of the Daleks, TV, 1984), Susan Penhaligon (Lakis in #64: The Time Monster, 1972), BVond Girl Pamlea Salem, Susan Skipper, Catherine Schell (Countess Scarlioni in #105: City of Death, 1979), Primi Townsend (Mula in #99: The Pirate Planet, 1978), Wanda Ventham (the mother of Benedict Cumberbatch) and Fiona Walker… And two Ken Russell favourites: Georgina Hale and Helen Mirren.
  2. Ingrid Pitt, Doctor Who #130: Warriors of The Deep, 1984.      The nine potential faces of Dr Solow were: Pitt, Keen, Honor Blackman, Eleanor Bron, Rula Lenska (she became Dr Styles in #133: Resurrection of the Daleks), Maureen Lipman, Pamela Salem, Sylvia Syms, Wanda Ventham 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. Polly James, Doctor Who #131: The Awakening, TV, 1984.       Imagine Glenda Jackson and Helen Mirren up for the same Whoverse role. Plus Bond ladies, Honor Blackman, Judi Dench, Diana Rigg and Pamela Salem. Well, producer John Nathan-Taylor had a female casting/dart) board, as well one for the guys.   As proved by his 18 choices for Jane Humpden in Doc5 Peter Davison’s four-parter. The others were Lynda Bellingham, James, Eleanor Bron, Pauline Collins, Diane Keen, Jean Marsh, Sheila Ruskin, Barbara Shelley, Sylvia Syms, Wanda Ventham, Fiona Walker, Penelope Wilton.
  4. 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… strangely lacking any scenes with Doc5 Peter Davison. Also listed: Keen, Polly Adams, Eleanor Bron, Rachel Davies, Maureen Lipman, Kate O’Mara, Jacqueline Pearce, Sheila Ruskin, Fiona Walker and Penelope Wilton. Despite her 62 screen roles, Keen never Whoeved. She starred, instead in… Doctors. For as many as 1,642 epsiodes, 2003-2012.

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