Rula Lenska

  1. Joanna Lumley, The New Avengers, TV, 1976-1977.      “I really had to fight just to get an audition,” said Lumley. “They just refused to see me!” Wanting more of spy-fi hero John Steed, France and later Canada put £4m into a (short-lived) three-hander reboot of the TV classic. Patrick Macnee’s creaking Steed was now assisted by a younger guy and girl named (by Lumley) after the Purdey shotgun. Writer-producer Brian Clemens claimed her he “seriously considered 700 girls, interviewed 200, read scripts with 40 and screen tested 15” – including Sarah Douglas, Gabrielle Drake, Prunella Gee, Barbara Kellerman, Diane Quick… and Rula, the UK-born Polish Countess Roza-Marie Leopoldnya Lubienska.
  2. Tara Ward, Doctor Who #130: Warriors of The Deep, 1984.      For Doc5 Peter Davison’s finale, 18 stunners were shuffled for Preston… Rula Lenska (Dr Styles in #133: Resurrection of the Daleks, TV, 1984), Ward, Lynda Bellingham, Sarah Berger, Isla Blair, Suzanne Danielle, Patricia Finnegan, Jenny Hanley, Diane Keen, Susan Penhaligon (Lakis in #64: The Time Monster, 1972), Bond Girl Pamela 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), Fiona Walker… And two Ken Russell favourites: Georgina Hale and Helen Mirren. Although born in Cambridgeshire, UK, Rula is (a Polish) Countess Roza-Marie Leopoldnya Lubienska.  
  3. Ingrid Pitt, Doctor Who #130: Warriors of The Deep, 1984.      Instead of Dr Solow, Lenska became Dr Styles in #133: Resurrection of the Daleks… The eight ther potential faces of Solow belomnged to Pitt, Honor Blackman, Eleanor Bron, Diane Keen, Maureen Lipman, Pamela Salem, Sylvia Syms, Wanda Ventham and Fiona Walker. Not the happiest of Whovewrse shoots – and not just because Doc5 Peter Davison folllowed Doc2 Patrick Troughton’s golden rule. Three seasons and out.


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