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A Dog's Life for Leela

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LEELA the girl assistant in DR. WHO (BBC-1, 6.15) may look like a slinky cat.

But Louise Jameson who plays the part, built up the character by studying her boyfriend's ... DOG.

"He's called Bosie," she said, "and it's amazing what a help he's been."

Watch how she tilts her head white listening to something far away. She's copying Bosie.

Note how she lifts and stretches her neck at the hint of danger. That's Bosie again.

"Where others would cringe, I stretch to full height-another tip from Bosie," she said. Louise played Leela for twenty-six episodes last season. She carries on for the next twenty-six — then Dr. Who will go shopping for Yet another new assistant.

The BBC asked Louise to sign on for a further series. She refused-

"I don't want to get known as a 'Dr. Who' lady," she said. "I don't want to be identified only with kids' science fiction. I want to get back to the theatre.'

She gets on famously with the clever doctor, played by Tom Baker.

"The relationship is a bit, cat and dog. With friendly banter." she said.

"He puts me down, I put him down, but we stilt save each other's, lives and have the odd hug at the end."

Caption: LOUISE JAMESON slinky.

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  • APA 6th ed.: Malone, Mary (1977-09-03). A Dog's Life for Leela. The Mirror p. 13.
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