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Bonnie Langford: Mel “doesn’t deal with carrot Juice or fitness” on Doctor Who any more

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Bonnie Langford graces the cover of Doctor Who Magazine issue 595 and is featured an interview where she describes how Mel Bush has changed in her return to Doctor Who.

Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford in Terror of the Vervoids

The actress played companion Melanie (Mel) Bush, mainly to Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor. Mel will return for more epic adventures with Ncuti Gatwa’s Fifteenth Doctor.

“Well, she knows what a computer is now,” Langford explained of her character, who was supposed to be computer programmer, to DWM. “She certainly doesn’t deal with carrot juice or fitness – ha ha – because I think that is just so irritating. So irritating. She doesn’t bounce around so much. She hopefully has a little bit of a lower voice. She has value as herself, as a rounded person, rather than being an appendage. So, yes, she’s changed. She’s had to come to terms with an awful lot and and has – as people would say – done a lot of work on herself.”

“Hopefully, she’s mellowed a lot, and knows you don’t have to be perfect all the time. I was so busy trying to be perfect.”

When Mel left the Doctor and the TARDIS, it was to join conman Sabalom Glitz on his spaceship. Langford hinted to DWM how Mel ended up back on Earth.

“She felt she had to stop travelling the universe and, actually, literally, get back down to Earth and face the things she’s been running away from.”

Doctor Who Magazine 595 cover

Doctor Who Magazine issue 595 is on sale Thursday 14 September from Panini and WH Smith. It is also available as a digital edition from Pocketmags.