Osgood was the unexpected fan heroine of Day of the Doctor, going from fellow fangirl (and cosplayer!) to an essential part of the Whoniverse. And while there are plenty of things to love about Osgood — from her cool outfit choices to her strength under pressure — there’s just as much to love about her actress, Ingrid Oliver! Here are just a few things that we think are awesome about one of the newest additions to UNIT:
She’s a comedian.
Ingrid is known to many as one half of the comedic duo of Watson and Oliver, who had a two-series sketch comedy show on BBC Two and BBC HD. The pair do an amazing series of parodies and impressions, including a spot-on Mad Men spoof and a last-minute try for Eurovision. The pair were also a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, performing several sold-out shows.
She’s been a part of the Whoniverse multiple times.
And we don’t just mean as multiple Osgoods! Ingrid appeared in Cavan Scott and Mark Wright’s Seventh Doctor audio Project: Destiny, and again in Earth Aid from the Lost Stories line. She also lent her voice (along with Tom Baker, Sophie Aldred, and many others) to the audio book of Time Lord Fairy Tales, reading the short story “Cinderella and the Magic Box.”
She loves Osgood fans.
Osgood has sort of become the Whovians’ avatar in the show, and Ingrid not only understands that, she loves her fans. She loves seeing people of all genders in Osgood costumes, and especially appreciates that it’s something anyone can feel comfortable in. She herself says she’s more comfortable in a lab coat and button-up shirt, and enjoys playing a character who dresses in a way that’s “relatable.”
She’s all about Classic Doctors, no matter the outfit.
We’re seeing the Osgoods show up in progressively earlier Doctor-inspired outfits… so does she worry that might someday end up in the Sixth Doctor’s coat of many colors? Apparently, it’s crossed her mind — but she doesn’t seem to bothered. She even says she once fancied both Colin Baker and Peter Davison. So the jacket or the cricketer’s outfit could be in Osgood’s future. What do you think?
She handles bad situations with humor.
Sadly, Ingrid’s Twitter account is no more — but when she did still have it, she used it as a way to pass the time during one of the most annoying situations ever: a cancelled flight. Check out the whole saga of her five-hour delay, including the Twitter game she started up with her followers, her hunt for sustenance, and her opinions on the airport’s soundtrack.
We get to hang out with her in Baltimore!
We’re welcoming Ingrid to this year’s (Re)Generation Who Saturday and Sunday of the event, where she’ll be joining fellow UNIT alums Katy Manning (Jo Grant) and Richard Franklin (Mike Yates), as well as Sylvester McCoy (the Seventh Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), and lots more writers and actors from all across the Whoniverse! Check out our guest list to see everyone who’ll be there!
If you haven’t registered yet, you still can! Tickets are $85 for a full weekend pass, $45-60 for single day passes, $20 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under 5. You can also pre-purchase autographs and photo-ops, reserve a seat at one of our catered guest meet-n-greets, or snag a VIP level for exclusive merch, preferred seating, and more!