Nicki Elson, Suze and M. Pax want to know who your Eighties crush was in the I'll Tumble 4 Ya Blogfest:
For the record I was born in 1981 so most of my crushing was confined to the Nineties, but I had (and have) a real soft spot for Sophie Aldred.
Aldred played Ace in Doctor Who from 1987 to end of the original run in 1989. Her being there at the end of an era extended the life of the character enormously and she became almost as ubiquitous as the Doctor himself. Ace went on to appear in novels, comic strips, audio dramas, a Children In Need TV special and a BBCi webcast.
I've met Sophie Aldred a couple of times in the last few years and she was very gracious. The most recent time was at a memorial service for the late, great Nicholas Courtney. He always spoke very highly of her.
The first time I met her I was on Princes Street in Edinburgh during the festival. I was handing out flyers for the shows I was in: The White Rose and The Poisoner's Tale. I made a bee line for her and handed her a flyer. She asked if the plays were suitable for children. I lied and said that they were. I paused to consider the fact that I was lying to Sophie Aldred in the hope she would come and see my show. I couldn't do it. I owned up, after a fashion, saying that the shows were particularly suitable for "children that love Nazis and swearing."