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Jackie Lane RIP

Doctor Who actress Jackie Lane has died at the age of 79. The actress played Dodo Chaplet, a companion to the First Doctor (William Hartnell) in the early days of the beloved sci-fi.

Fantom Films announced the news, writing on Twitter: "It is with deep regret that we announce that actress and friend Jackie Lane has sadly passed away. We pass on our sympathies to her family and friends. Jackie was best known to Doctor Who fans as companion Dodo Chaplet. RIP 1941 – 2021."

Beyond Doctor Who, Lane's TV credits included a number of sixties roles including appearances in the soaps Compact and Coronation Street. Leaving acting behind, she set up the Jackie Lane Ad Voice theatrical agency where her clients included Tom Baker, Janet Fielding, and Nicholas Courtney.

Though she never reprised the role of Dodo either on-screen or on audio for Big Finish, she did make a brief appearance via video message for the 2013 Doctor Who: The Afterparty to mark the series 50th anniversary.

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