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« on: August 26, 2013, 10:33:30 am »


Dorothy Gale "Ace" McShane, was a companion of the Seventh Doctor. She was a human from late 20th century Earth. She was a troubled teen on Earth, expelled from school for blowing up the art room as a "creative statement". Gifted in chemistry, she was in her room experimenting with the extraction of nitroglycerin from gelignite when a time storm swept her up and transported her to the deck of Sabalom Glitz's spacecraft, which was docked at Iceworld far in her future. Trapped on Iceworld, she got a job as a waitress and some time later met the Seventh Doctor and his companion Mel. When Mel left the Doctor at the conclusion of their battle with Kane, he offered to take Ace with him in the TARDIS, and she gladly accepted.

Under the Doctor's tutelage, Ace fought the Daleks and faced Davros. She opposed Helen A and her sadistic government, which required people to be happy on pain of death. She stopped the Cybermen from getting hold of Nemesis in 1988 and saved the Psychic Circus on Segonax from the Gods of Ragnarok. She also met Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, helping UNIT defeat the Destroyer and Morgaine.

The Doctor forced Ace to face demons from her past, taking her to a house she burned down a century before she did. There she discovered that the presence in the house of the Entity known as Light was what she had felt when compelled to burn the house down.

Ace called the Doctor "Professor". She was convinced he needed his back watched and protected him with a fierce loyalty. In turn, the Doctor took a special interest in Ace's education, taking her across the universe and prompting her to figure out explanations rather than giving her all the answers.
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2013, 10:21:11 am »

Ace puts in one of her best performances in this story and is excellent throughout. She really makes the story as good as it is.
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2013, 11:17:27 am »

Great story for Ace. She had really come into her own by this point and her and Seven were an excellent team.
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2013, 09:38:00 pm »

The whole final series was a very strong one for Ace, with all the stories being at least partly about her, without swamping the Doctor, as occasionally happens in NuWho.  I love her in this one.
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2013, 11:07:36 am »

This is one of my favourite Ace stories and I think she was brilliant throughout. As a character and an actress she just got stronger and stronger. It's a shame it was cut short on the show.
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2013, 11:26:35 am »

The more I watch this era the more I am really liking Ace. She's actually a really strong character and I thought she was great in this.
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2013, 07:34:45 pm »

This is a great story for Ace. Even though I had little clue of what was going on, I did really enjoy her part in this.
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