THE GREATEST SHOW IN THE GALAXY


With THE GREATEST SHOW IN THE GALAXY coming to DVD, I asked Dee about her role of Flowerchild, and her involvement in Dr Who.....

Getting the part...

I think it was Alan Wareing who I then just recently met, or had seen an episode of "No Place Like Home" whilst he was stuck in a Hotel room somewhere, filming. He called my lovely agent, Hazel Malone, for me to come in and read for the part of an intergalactic hippy in "Dr Who" (i.e Flowerchild).
I duly went in and read about 4 lines for Alan Wareing and John Nathan Turner (Who was very cheeky and sweet incidentally), and we laughed a lot.

Where did you film it, and how long did it take....

It was filmed in a sand quarry in Dorset, I believe, and it really did look loke another planet - it was like being on Holiday, as we were having a freak heat wave at the time -That section was filmed in the first week of June in 1988.

The Flowerchild/Bellboy releationship....

I think the Flowerchild / Bellboy story took about 3 or 4 days in all to conclude.
I remember John Nathan Turner directed, and was responsible for overseeing our rather passionate "Kiss and Goodbye" scene, and he made us do it again and again and again.... until we stopped giggling and got over our embarrasment - he was a lovely bloke and I was genuinely very fond of him.
As soon as we met in rehearsals in North Acton, it was like Chris Guard and I had known each other for years - We just "got" each other - he is a complete one off, witty, intelligent, compassionate and a very gifted musician. He was a delight to work with and I will readily admit, he is a very good kisser.

Just a small role....

I was told at the interview that it was a small role, and the character would be killed off half way through the first episode of a 4 part story line. But that didn't matter, it was "Dr Who" afterall. We would've all done it for free to be honest - nobody had any clue that it was soon to be shelved for 16 years.

Costume and accessories....

My hair was shoulder length at the time, so that hair piece was made for the part of Flowerchild specially. I know for a fact it cost more than my fee - but it was a glorious beast. I'm sure it popped up again in an episode of "Jonathan Creek" - I'd recognise it anywhere.
Interesting note tho, the costume department were briefed to base the "look" of Flowerchild and Bellboy on Jim Morrison and his girlfriend Pamela....? And they did, the costumes were stunning.

Any keepsakes...

Keep momentos? Nah - are you kidding? As if they would let us. I did offer to buy Flowerchilds' earings (bought from a market stall I believe), but they wouldn't let me.

Final thoughts.....

I've seen it a few times since 1988, mainly with my Son, when he was little, who loved it and was a bit frightened by it (as we all have been as children), but for the life of him, couldn't understand what on earth his Mother was doing running around in it - playing with kites and with mad hair....

FOOTNOTE:
Just for the record, after Bellboy's rather cheeky claim that Flowerchild has big feet....(commentary, episode one of "Greatest show in the Galaxy").... Dee would like it known, that Flowerchild shares the same shoe size as her, that being a rather diddy, dainty like size 4. As well you know Chris. Innit x.

 

MANY THANKS to DEE for kindly taking the time to answer my questions