The Danger in jumping to conclusions

For a moment there, I was about to make a bit of a fool about myself, unintentionally of course.

I had just learned about the death, on November 30, aged 71, of Heather North, a little-known television actress of whom I had never previously heard. Ms North’s claim to was being the voice of Daphne Blake, ‘Danger Prone Daphne’, from Scooby Doo.

And I would have happily recited my memories, aged 12-13, of avidly watching Scooby Doo, Where Are You?, with that original theme music running through my head, because like all of us of a certain age, I loved Scooby Doo, and Mystery Incorporated and, even though she was a cartoon, I fancied Daphne (long legs, short skirt, red hair, hey, who wouldn’t?)

And then, just in time, I did a little bit more digging, to check exactly when Ms North passed on, and discovered that although the lady was the voice of Daphne from 1970 to 1985, and again in 2000 and 2003, she was not the original voice.

Given that I consider the first series of Scooby Doo to be the only true series, definitive and unmatchable, and that I do not allow the words Scr***y D** to be mentioned in my presence, I would have looked stupid to wax nostalgic over the loss of Ms North, though her longevity in the role demonstrates thatshe must have been good in it.

No, that wash of nostalgia is properly set in motion by a lady still with us, one Stefanianna Christopherson. She is the voice of Daphne Blake for me, the voice of those memories: long may she last!

So, don’t jump to conclusions, ok?


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