Another Soap Star in Who

The actress Sarah Lancashire – best known to casual television viewers as dotty barmaid Racquel from Coronation Street – is to appear in Doctor Who Series 4, reports Digital Spy.

There’s also a rumour that she will appear in the first episode of the new series.

Sarah Lancashire is to star in a forthcoming episode of Doctor Who.

The ex-Coronation Street actress will play Miss Foster, described as an “enigmatic and powerful businesswoman”.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be in Doctor Who. It’s a brilliant episode and I’m looking forward to taking the Time Lord on.”

The “first episode” rumour is according to the report

The actress will appear in the first episode of the new series alongside Catherine Tate. The show returns to BBC One next spring.

“Enigmatic and powerful businesswoman” bears more than a resemblance to Yvonne Hartman from Army of Ghosts, or Ms Wormwood from Invasion of the Bane.

Could we try “unsuccessful businesswoman” sometime, or “sinister and creepy” girls PE teacher? “Odd smelling bookshop owner” and “Bud-downing goth chick with psychotic tendencies” also hasn’t been done yet.

Elsewhere, a Cardiff sound engineer has won an award for her inventive sound effects techniques.Kelly-Marie Angell uses fruit and veg to create graphic sounds of human evisceration, reports BBC News:

Kelly-Marie Angell uses snapped celery sticks to recreate the sound of broken bones and mashed melon for blood spurts as part of her work as a Foley editor.

She was given the Conch award for most promising newcomer in the UK within the post-production sound industry.

“I’m extremely lucky,” said Miss Angell, who also works on the Doctor Who spin-offs Torchwood and the Sarah Jane Adventures at BBC Wales in Llandaff, Cardiff.

“It’s not the usual nine-to-five job and I have to explain (what I do) to most people. They think it’s really cool, which it is.”

“We use all sorts of things (for the sound),” she said.

“Celery is used for broken bones, melons for blood and guts and hair gel for slime.

“My favourite scene was episode six of the last Doctor Who series where we had the Lazarus monster – it was a huge challenge. For that one, we used hair gel and lots of broken glass.”


Christian Cawley

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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