The writers for long-running serial drama The University of Queensland have announced in an email this evening that Deborah Terry will play the lead role of Vice-Chancellor in 2020, the first time a woman has played the role.
The news follows the announcement that Danish-born actor, Peter Høj would be retiring from the role next year, although his departure will now take place in August instead of June.
Høj’s final episode in the role will likely see the death and regeneration of the iconic extra-terrestrial Vice-Chancellor character. Writing staff have so far been tight-lipped about the circumstances of the end of this incarnation of the Vice-Chancellor. Previous deaths have ranged from causes as mundane as old age to those as extravagant as a public execution for nepotism.
Some pundits suspect, however, that Høj’s Vice-Chancellor will meet his end as a result of the show’s ongoing China storyline.
“There’s been a lot of blatant foreshadowing that the Drew Pavlou character won’t last on Senate for very long,” explained series die-hard, Arthur Radley.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Høj goes out in a blaze of glory, taking down the merely mortal Pavlou with him.”
Others suspect, however, that the Vice-Chancellor’s regeneration will be a result of other storylines that were at play in the 2019 season.
“I would bet my bottom dollar that Høj’s Vice-Chancellor will die by his own hand, accidentally detonating pillars of dynamite that he’s surreptitiously stacked in the Schonell by cover of night,” wagered David Crowley.
Who is Ms Terry?
Deborah Terry is a little-known actress on Queensland screens, but has previously played the role of Vice-Chancellor on a Western Australian production called Curtin University.
Curtin University is a similar production to The University of Queensland, except that the writers have yet to implement a story line where a student holds an anti-CCP rally on Market Day.
Similarly to Høj’s role, however, Ms Terry, in the role of Curtin Vice-Chancellor, led the University’s response to sexual assault in Australian universities.
In another story line for Western Australian screens, Ms Terry implemented a number of changes that would poise the University to introduce trimesters at the expense of holiday time.
It remains to be seen whether a new or existing adversary will give Ms Terry’s character trouble in implementing a similar change at UQ.