Doctor Who: Harriet Jones (Penelope Wilton) ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Opens USA 5/4/12Author: Losillë
Penelope Wilton is best know to Doctor Who fans as Prime Minister Harriet Jones. Harriet Jones gave her life in allegiance to Ten, service to her country and to save the world.
Now she is starring in the comedy ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”.
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” follows a group of British retirees who decide to “outsource” their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. — (C) Fox Searchlight
Harriet Jones is a fictional character played by Penelope Wilton in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Having worked previously with lead writer and executive producer Russell T Davies, Wilton was keen to involve herself with the revival of Doctor Who after he sought to cast her. Jones is introduced in the two-part story “Aliens of London” and “World War Three” as a Member of Parliament who aids the Ninth Doctor against an alien invasion of London.
Wilton returned for a Christmas special in 2005 as a familiar face to ease the transition between the sudden change in lead actor of the titular character. Despite being introduced as fair minded and hard working, the character is shown to be ruthless and uncompromising as Prime Minister, with comparisons made between Jones and real life politicians. Having been present for the first filming block of the 2005 revival series, Wilton returned for producer Phil Collinson’s final episodes to wrap up Jones’ story arc. The character is killed off in the penultimate episode of the shows fourth series in which she sacrifices her own life during a Dalek take over of earth.
A running joke associated with the character saw her frequently introduce herself by name and position only to be told “Yes, I/We know who you are”.