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Published on March 17th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

Viva Freema!

The BBC’s Official Doctor Who site has released a new image of Martha Jones actress Freema Agyeman, this time on her own, on the moon…

The most stunning thing about the image, of course, is Freema herself. WHich begs lots of questions about getting oneself into such a situation…

Your’e on the moon with a hugely attractive woman. Do you:

a) look at the stars,

b) try and make out the Great Wall of China or

c) ogle Freema.

A quick nip over to the Forum should settle this one…

I’m certain meanwhile that today will go down in history as Freema Saturday. Why? ‘Cause she’s in The Sun, and there’s plenty to get through so here are the best bits…

In her first interview since scooping the job as Billie Piper’s replacement, Freema, 27, says: “I didn’t grow up with Doctor Who so I thought I should do a bit of homework.

“Then I saw the offer on the front page of The Sun for the DVDs of classic episodes if you cut out tokens, so I got collecting!

“They were very handy, I must say!”

Freema’s role in Army of Ghosts wasn’t her first attempt at getting cast in Doctor Who…

Fate finally took a hand when Freema was called to audition for the 2005 Christmas episode of Dr Who — David Tennant’s first outing as the Time Lord. That first time she was up for the tiny part of one of the Prime Minister’s aides.

Freema says: “It was one of the best auditions I ever had, I really enjoyed it. Subsequently, I didn’t get it and my skin got that much thicker.”

And on the role of Martha herself, and how she might differ from her predecessor:

“Billie passed a message on to me through David, saying ‘Do it your way’.

“Billie did a good job, so fair play to her. That character was extremely popular in people’s hearts and quite rightly so.

“But the writer, Russell T Davies, has kind of made it easy as the characters are so different. And you can’t really compare apples and pears.”

Throughout this interview Ms Agyeman comes across as thrillingly lovely and wholly articulate, intelligent and – most importantly – normal. On this evidence, Series 3 is going to be a storm!

But how will the storm begin? With Smith and Jones, Episode 1 of the new series which the BBC’s Programme Information guide has released a short synopsis of!

David Tennant returns to his role as the Doctor and meets his brand-new companion in the highly anticipated third series of Russell T Davies’s Doctor Who.

For Martha Jones, a medical student in Central London, an ordinary day turns into a nightmare when her entire hospital is transported to the Moon. There, she has to battle the Judoon and outwit a blood-sucking Plasmavore – but can she trust a mysterious stranger called the Doctor?

Just two weeks more to wait, and if you cannot wait any longer – get your fix with this new, longer trailer at the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site

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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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