Another Louise Jameson interview, this time from 1977 when she was still on the show. The interviewer is Noel Edmonds, the show is ‘The Multi-Coloured Swap Shop’.
Q: How’s it going? How’s the involvement with the show going?
A: It’s fine, it’s going very well. It’s very hard work, that’s why I caught glandular fever. I got run down.
Q: We wanted you on the programme a few weeks ago.
A: That’s right. I’ve had a tremendous amount of Get Well Soon cards. Thank you very much to whoever send those.
Q: Do you find it tiring?
A: I find television acting, in a way, more tiring than stage acting, because you’ve got to keep the impetus going that much longer. On the stage, you start at eight o’clock, you go through to eleven, that’s your work. With television, sometimes you come in at eight o’clock in the morning, you don’t leave until eleven o’clock at night.
Q: The stop-go, is that the tiring element?
A: Yes. Two minutes you’ve got to be right there, then a five minute break, then two minutes again.
Q: How did you get involved in the profession in the first place?
A: It’s a very difficult question to answer, that one. There’s a kind of do-or-die element in it, you’ve just got to feel that you’re not capable of doing anything else.
Q: When you were at school was acting always your ambition?
A: Always. Well my original ambition at the age of four was to be a tiller girl, which I never quite got together, but I’ve always wanted to be a performer of some sort.
Q: So what did you do before ‘Doctor Who’?
A: Mostly theatre. I did two and a half years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, toured to America and played in Stratford and down in London. And I did a secretarial course before that, which my parents forced me into, which I’m very grateful for now but at the time it was a bore.
Q: What made you audition for the ‘Doctor Who’ legend?
A: Well I always watched it as a child. It started when I was about eleven, but I never dreamt I’d be on it. Career-wise it was important to do a series, and this part just happened to land at the right time for me.
Q: We had Tom on the programme and he said that wherever he goes people call him Dr. Who, refer to him as Dr. Who. How much has the programme altered your lifestyle?
A: In a way the private life at the weekend’s been mucked up. I’ve been amazed at the amount of publicity I’ve got from it. But I haven’t been recognised in the street.
Q: Well you’ve got clothes on.
A: Speaking of clothes, I got this lovely letter, ‘Please could you start putting clothes on, love from Katherine’ so I have a message, in a couple of weeks’ time we go into Victorian London and I wear so many clothes I can hardly move.
Q: When you joined the programme there was quite a lot of talk about you appealing to the dads. How did you feel about that at the time?
A: Well the producer said he wanted to expand from children to an adult audience. I mean basically the show if for children, it’s an adventure story.
Q: It has a very large adult audience.
A: Yes, I think it’s something like 60-40 it weighs out and I think a lot of the parents say ‘Well the kids like to watch it, so I will’.