A forthcoming Doctor Who: The Early Adventures release from Big Finish Productions will be dedicated to the memory of actress Jackie Lane
Lane, who passed away on 23 June 2021 was known to Doctor Who fans as Dodo Chaplet, a companion of the First Doctor in the original television series. Lane remained a deeply private person in recent decades, rarely gave interviews, and didn’t return to the character of Dodo. By a twist of fate, news of her death came the same week as news that Lauren Cornelius had been cast by Big Finish as Dodo for audio drama The Secrets of Det-Sen. It’s since been announced that The Secrets of Det-Sen will carry a dedication to Jackie Lane’s memory when it’s released in August.
Actor Peter Purves, who played fellow companion Steven alongside Jackie Lane’s Dodo spoke of his former co-star. “It was a sad day when I heard that Jackie Lane had died. I have to admit that we had not been in touch for many years, but we were very good working colleagues back in 1966. And although we were never the closest of friends, I did enjoy her company and I liked her a lot. She kept that Northern lilt and remained very perky on screen. I thought her performances, particularly in The Gunfighters, were excellent and great as a foil for me and Bill Hartnell. Rest in peace, Jackie.”
Doctor Who: The Early Adventures – The Secrets of Det-Sen
When the Doctor, Steven and Dodo arrive in the Himalayas, they have no idea that they are about to set off a chain of events that will haunt the Doctor throughout his many lives. Joining a pilgrimage to the nearby Det-Sen monastery, the travellers discover everything isn’t as it seems. As the situation grows increasingly dire, they will have to uncover the secrets of Det-Sen before it’s too late.