TWO pictures of future Doctor Who star Elisabeth Sladen starring in her first ever school production in Liverpool have been uncovered by a former teacher.
Lis, who died earlier this week, at the age of 63, was well-known to generations of youngsters after starring alongside many iconic Doctors, and her own spin-off series.
But her first steps on the road to fame were taken when she was a youngster herself, attending Mosspits Lane primary school, in Wavertree.
While there in the late 1950s, she took the starring role in a school production of Alice Through the Looking Glass. One of her co-stars was fellow pupil Edwina Cohen – who became better known as MP and novelist Edwina Currie – as the Red Queen.
The old black and white pictures belong to Ron Roddy, a former deputy head at Mosspits, who taught Lis for a year.
Now aged 88, Mr Roddy, from Knotty Ash, has fond memories of the primary school pupil who would later become famous playing gutsy investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith.
He said: “Alice Through the Looking Glass was her first appearance on stage, and we ran it for five nights as the hall was so small. I painted all the scenery. She was very good – she had it in her, there was no doubt about it. But she was also a delightful child, very bright.
“I could imagine she was very well liked in her profession. She deserved her success.”