Carole Ann Ford
Carole hails from Essex, east of London and is one of the many girls for whom ToCo was an important stepping stone to a later successful career as a legitimate actor, despite her diminutive stature.
Her brother may have influenced her decision to try and get into showbiz – he was a singer in the 1950s. Apart from her regular appearances in the ToCo titles, she was featured in countless TV, stage and screen mags. Carole’s face became known and she made the lucky breakthrough that so many did not. She lost some time in the race due to a bout of illness that put her in hospital for a while, but made a successful recovery and was soon picked for the TV series Turnabout. This led to a long and varied acting and voice-over career, with her appearing in many stage plays, films and TV series. Indeed Carole was the Doctor’s companion in the very first Doctor Who BBC series in 1963.