Why do I love the character of Kate Stewart so much? This is why:
You can certainly understand why Kate decided to drop “Lethbridge” from her surname. The reverence her father received in some quarters would certainly have opened doors for her – but conversely it would have closed others. The very fact that she has risen to the position of Head of Scientific Research and also changed the essence of UNIT to a military organisation led by scientists is a huge testament to her dedication, character and determination. There’s obviously more than a bit of the old Lethbridge-Stewart steel running through her. And, believe me, UNIT most definitely needed changing. During the Third Doctor era when UNIT really came to the fore, it’s basic remit was simple and understandable – to investigate and combat alien activity. And whilst this occasionally led to disagreements with the Doctor (Silurians, anyone?) and their methods sometimes resembled a bull in a china shop, at heart there was an honesty and simplicity about the organisation. Growing up in that era, I loved UNIT – it was comforting in a way to think that they were there – that loyal band of soldiers protecting us from all manner of monsters and beasties.