Sarah Sutton

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Sarah Sutton
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Sutton in 2013
Born (1961-12-12) 12 December 1961 (age 59)
Years active1973–present
Known for Nyssa in Doctor Who

Sarah Sutton (born 12 December 1961) is a British actress. She played the role of Nyssa in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who .


Early life

Sutton was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England. Sutton studied ballet as a little girl [1] and was only 11 when she became the youngest British actress to have played Alice on screen, in a 1973 television film of Alice Through the Looking Glass .

She began acting at the age of nine.

Besides her performance as Alice, Sutton appeared in a number of television programmes before Doctor Who, including The Moon Stallion (1978) as Diana Purwell and The Crucible (1980) as Susannah Walcott. [1]


Sutton portrayed the character of Nyssa, a Trakenite aristocrat, in Doctor Who. Her first appearance in the role was in the 1981 serial The Keeper of Traken . Initially, Nyssa was intended to appear only in one story, the production team later deciding to keep her as a continuing character. After joining the Fourth Doctor in the subsequent story Logopolis , her final full Doctor Who serial was with the Fifth Doctor, in 1983's Terminus .

Sutton took a break from acting after Doctor Who, focusing for a number of years on raising her daughter, Hannah, with her GP husband, Mike. [2] She made a brief appearance in Peter Davison's final Doctor Who serial, The Caves of Androzani (1984), played Sarah Dryden in a 1989 episode of the BBC medical drama series Casualty and Wendy in a 1992 episode of Unnatural Pursuits.[ citation needed ]

Sutton reprised the role of Nyssa in the 1993 Doctor Who Children in Need special Dimensions in Time , and subsequently in several of the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who spin-off audio plays [3] from 1999 onwards. In November 2013 she appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot . [4]

Sutton also appeared in several episodes of MJTV's original audio sci-fi CD series 'Soldiers of Love' as Colonel Franklyn. She also played Sharon in the Take 1 Productions educational video drama 'TravelWise' (2000).[ citation needed ]



1973MenaceBelindaEpisode: "Boys and Girls Come Out to Play"
Play for Today Little LavinaEpisode: "Baby Blues"
Alice Through the Looking Glass Alice TV film
1975Late CallMyra Longmore3 episodes
Ten from the TwentiesInaEpisode: "Aunt Tatty"
Oil Strike North Amanda FraserEpisode: "Time of Hazard"
1976 Westway Sue Harvey5 episodes
1978 The Moon Stallion Diana PurwellAll 6 episodes
1981 The Crucible Susannah Walcott TV film
Byron: A Personal TourMary ChaworthTV film
1981–1983 Doctor Who Nyssa 48 episodes
1982Ann TalbotEpisode: "Black Orchid" - 2 episodes
1989 Casualty Sarah DrydenEpisode: "Charity"
1992Unnatural PursitsWendyEpisode: "I'm the Author"
1993 Doctor Who NyssaEpisode: "Dimensions in Time" (2 charity special mini-episodes)

Radio and CD audio drama

1999–2002Soldiers of LoveColonel FranklynMJTV; 7 episodes
2000–present Doctor Who: The Monthly Range Nyssa Big Finish Productions; 64 releases
2001Race MemorySarah BBV Productions
2008 Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles NyssaStory: "The Darkening Eye"
2011 Doctor Who: The Lost Stories Nyssa3 releases
2011 The Five Companions NyssaSpecial release
2013Smoke and MirrorsNyssa Big Finish Productions
2013 The Light at the End NyssaSpecial release
2015–present Big Finish Short Trips Nyssa6 releases
2016Cold FusionNyssaNovel Adaptation

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