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STEPPING out of the Mediterranean in a brief white bikini was the eye-catching way in which Nicola Bryant made her debut as Dr. Who's latest shapely assistant.

And the beautiful brunette now starring with the "new" Doctor. Colin Baker, in the latest "Dr Who" series, hopes that it will do as much for her career as a similar scene did for Ursula Andress when she appeared in the Bond classic, "Dr No".

"Landing the part of Perpugillian Brown was like a dream come true," says 21-year-old Nicola. "It's my very first job ... and I simply couldn't believe it at first.

"I've been a 'Dr Who' fan for as long as I can remember."

Yet, when she first began watching the series, she remembers that first thing I did when the theme music came up on the screen was to dive behind the sofa and watch the series in safety!

"I suppose I must have been about four when I first started watching it," she remembers. "Although I used get quite terrified at times, don't think ever missed a single episode.

"Frankly, I'm sure that all children enjoy being frightened monsters like the that you find on the programme, because you know that Who will always win in the end."

Nicola's naturally delighted by her lucky break - less than a year ago, she was still a pretty, impecunious drama student, wondering where her first job would come from.

"My agent simply telephoned one day to send me along for a "Dr Who" audition at the BBC," she explains

"I wasn't very hopeful, because I honestly didn't think I'd any chance of getting such a part such an early stage in my career.

"I couldn't believe when I actually won the audition."

Nicola becomes Dr Who's 25th assistant in the series that has now been running for more than 20 years.

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