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Published on January 9th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley

Series Two News

The Sun has reported on some casting announcements confirmed in the last issue of Doctor Who Magazine.

Under the flimsy notion of the Doctor kidnapping soap stars in his TARDIS (thus destroying the flimsy fiction of “EastEnders” in one fell swoop), the article reports on the addition to the cast of Rise of the Cybermen of actor Raji James (Ash Ferreira in “EastEnders”) as Dr Singh and Mona Hammond as Rita-Anne. Hammond is probably best known from her time on “EastEnders” from 1994-1997 as Blossom Jackson, and has enjoyed a long career on television. They of course join ex-”EastEnder” Tracy-Ann Oberman, who recently left the show.

Doctor Who Magazine also confirms that Dalek voice artiste and general all-rounder Nicholas Briggs is to voice the Cybermen, as reported on Kasterborous.com in November.

More role-based news now as Ms Billie Piper is unveiled as the star of the BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s Victorian thriller “The Ruby in the Smoke”. According to BBC News:

Piper will play orphan Sally Lockhart, who investigates her father’s death.

“Billie is the perfect choice for bringing to life this engaging and fearless heroine,” said Laura Mackie, head of BBC drama series.

Meanwhile the full Press Release compliments the actress further:

“Billie Piper is an extremely versatile actress whose talent has deservedly been recognised by critics and audiences alike. Following on from her success as the Doctor’s fearless companion Rose Tyler in Doctor Who, and the endearing Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Billie is the perfect choice for bringing to life this engaging and fearless heroine.”

icwales meanwhile have declared that the Doctor and Rose won’t be engaging in any “nookie” in the TARDIS! Speaking to the Wales on Sunday, Russell T. Davies said:

“The story between the Doctor and Rose is basically a love story without sex. That’s certainly something we will continue to explore. But it’s still absolutely celibate. I think that’s very important.

“As soon as there’s nookie in the Tardis, it would all go wrong.”

Briefly, some final bits and bobs: Billie Piper appeared as guest host on last Friday evening’s Channel 4 show “The Friday Night Project” alongside new regular host Alan Carr; David Tennant will be appearing on the label of bottles of One mineral water – the not-for-profit drink which was launched in a blaze of publicity at Live 8 – as he is a backer of the bottler Global Ethics, run by actress Claire Goose’s brother Duncan, reports EDP24; brandrepublic.com have reported that the BBC’s upcoming Doctor Who Adventures comic will retail fortnightly at £1.99 and feature a collectable cover-mounted free gift; and Gareth Roberts I am a Dalek, the first of the Penguin Books Quick Read Series is listed on Amazon along with the cover picture…; Murray Gold appears on Wednesday’s “Blue Peter”, reports the Official Doctor Who site to discuss his work on the series and the new theme tune arrangement.

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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