In 1987, she was cast as Ace in Doctor Who, initially for Dragonfire, the final story of the series’ 24th season. Her tenure on the show spanned the last nine stories of the programme’s original run, which ended in 1989.
In January 1992, she guested in More than a Messiah, one of the Stranger original videos starring Colin Baker, also formerly of Doctor Who.
Both before and since Doctor Who, Aldred has had a varied and busy television career, particularly in children’s programming, where she has presented educational programmes such as Corners, Melvin and Maureen’s Music-a-grams (which ran from 1992 to ‘96), Tiny and Crew (which she presented, 1995–99), the BBC series Words and Pictures (since 1992), and also CITV paranormal show It’s a Mystery in 1996. She also played the character Minnie The Mini Magician from Series 8 onwards on CITV’s ZZZap! between 1999 and 2001.
Aldred has presented and sung in several BBC Schools Radio series, including Singing Together, Music Workshop, Time and Tune and Music Box. She has also performed on radio and in the theatre. She has also reprised her role as Ace in the 1993 30th anniversary charity special Dimensions in Time and the Doctor Who audio plays produced by Big Finish Productions. She was set to reprise her role in Doctor Who: The Movie, but her schedule was full leaving her character’s fate unknown.
Throughout the 2000s she has worked extensively as a voice-over artist for television advertisements, and has also provided voices for animated series such as Bob the Builder, Sergeant Stripes, the UK dubbed version of the CGI animated version of the Australian TV series Bananas in Pyjamas, El Nombre, Peter Rabbit, Noddy in Toyland, The Magic Key and Dennis & Gnasher.
In 2012 Aldred provided the voice of Tom in Tree Fu Tom, a BBC children’s series. The series’ other main voice actor, David Tennant (who voices Twigs), previously played the Tenth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who. In November 2013 she appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.
Co-organiser Steve Dickinson “You just can’t have a Doctor without his companion can you? Well fear not as we just happen to have one and she is just ACE! Sophie is a lovely person and a wonderful guest, roll on April 2017!”
Sci-Fi Scarborough is back for the fourth year in the beautiful Victorian Spa Complex over the weekend of Saturday April 8 and Sundy April 9 with A mix of guests, authors, movie and TV props, console, retro & table top gaming, comic book artists, indie films, Cosplay competition, panels, software developers, geek pub quiz, live music, collectible traders and a Saturday night party.